New Release: Christian Ethics and the Church

Cover ArtChristian Ethics and the Church introduces Christian ethics from a theological perspective, spelling out the implications of moral theology for the common life of the church. Philip Turner, a leading expert in the field, explores the intersection of moral theology and ecclesiology, arguing that the focus of Christian ethics should not be personal holiness or social reform but how Christians are to live with one another.

The life of the soul and the life of society are matters of concern for Christians, of course, but “the originating locus of Christian ethics lies properly within the interior life of the church. A theology of moral thought and practice must take its cues from the notion that human beings, upon salvation, are redeemed and called into a life oriented around the community of the church.


“Wise in format, thought, and counsel, clear and charitable in expression, and comprehensive in scope, Philip Turner’s book brings a lifetime of scholarly reflection, churchly hands-on living, and missionary experience to this refreshing project on Christian ethics….A thoughtful journey of patient reconfiguration into Christ’s body for the sake of the world.” – Christopher Seitz, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

“This is a deeply thoughtful book, the fruit of years of reflection and experience, and it deserves to be read by anyone who wants to think seriously about the shape of a life in Christ.” – Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University

“Catholic in nature, evangelical in mission, Turner’s sustained argument is that life in Christ is centered in what it means to be the church and what that means for being in the world….A rich argument about the Christian moral life and a text that can also serve well in an introductory course in Christian ethics.” – Timothy F. Sedgwick, Virginia Theological Seminary


Philip Turner (PhD, Princeton University) is an Episcopal priest and the author or editor of several books, including The Crisis of Moral Teaching in the Episcopal Church. Now retired, he previously served as professor of Christian ethics at the General Theological Seminary in New York and as dean of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale University. More recently, he served as interim dean and president of Seminary of the Southwest and interim rector at Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas.

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