Agape Ethics

Moral Realism and Love for All Life

By William Greenway

Agape Ethics

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  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 12/22/2016
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Agape Ethics

Moral Realism and Love for All Life

By William Greenway

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  • ISBN: 9781498202381
  • Pages: 160
  • Publication Date: 12/22/2016
  • Retail Price: $21.00
Web Price: $16.80
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About-

Consider intense moments when you have been seized by joy or, in different contexts, by anguish for another person, or a cat or dog, or perhaps even for a squirrel or possum struck as it dashed across the road: whether glorious or haunting, these are among the most profound and meaningful moments in our lives. Agape Ethics focuses our attention on such moments with utter seriousness and argues they reveal a spiritual reality, the reality of agape. Powerful streams of modern Western rationality reject the idea of agape. This has created a crisis of foundations in modern ethics and alienated us from love for all creatures. Working wholly within the bounds of reason, Agape Ethics joins an increasingly vibrant struggle to legitimate the spiritual reality of agape, to awaken people to its power, to clarify its ethical implications, and to validate our spiritual communion with all creatures in all creation. The result is a powerful, inclusive, and wholly reasonable defense of moral realism that should speak to all who are passionate about creating a maximally loving and good world.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Agape Ethics will be warmly welcomed by theologians, ethicists, philosophers, and all who have ever longed for a theory of morality and ethics that would be inclusive of both human and nonhuman life. Scholars will be pleased with Greenway's endeavor to paint a compelling portrait of the way modern science, philosophy, and theology have diminished the moral realm of life by their complicity with what he calls 'scientism,' the claim that reality pertains only to that which science can explain. In short, Agape Ethics is a creative venture from beginning to end, and the beauty of its eloquence will sustain the interest of all who are seized by its inclusive moral appeal."
--Peter J. Paris, Elmer G. Homrighausen Professor Emeritus, Christian Social Ethics, Princeton Theological Seminary
 
"Inspired by Emmanuel Levinas's moral philosophy, Greenway presents a thoughtful and plausible case for a new agape ethics (based in finding oneself 'seized by the faces of others') as a constructive alternative to the ethical relativism of postmodernity, the ethical extremism of religious radicals, and the ethical foundationalism of modernity. With its richness in spiritual sensibility, public relevance, and ecological potency, Agape Ethics is an important achievement for Christian philosophical ethics." 
--Hak Joon Lee, Lewis B. Smedes Professor of Christian Ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary
 
"A tour de force in meta-ethics and philosophical spirituality. Agape Ethics extends Emmanuel Levinas's insights on responsibility to the Other to all animals and builds a compelling case for agape as an irreducible moral-spiritual reality." 
--Janet L. Parker, PhD, Senior Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ, Salem, Oregon

"Bill Greenway wants to awaken us to a primordial love that draws us into relationships of care for all creatures. Along the way he offers a valuable critique of modernity's scientism and rationalism that drains the universe of mystery and ensconces the human as the sole locus of worth among all things. Arguing for a moral realism grounded in agape, Greenway offers us a moral vision of the infinite value of every creature that can, in turn, inform human ethical decision-making and action at a time when so much life on Earth is endangered.​"
--Timothy H. Robinson, Lunger Associate Professor of Spiritual Resources and Disciplines, Brite Divinity School
 
"In Agape Ethics, Greenway skillfully engages philosophy, theology, ethics, and moral reasoning in a work that wades into the complex world in which we find ourselves: evermore aware of the beauty and complexity of the planet's eco-systems and inhabitants, while also aware of the difficult ethical challenges facing us as human actions threaten the planetary community. Williams' enlivening prose invites the reader in, equipping the reader with the tools to think morally and act ethically while embracing all creatures with love and gratitude. It is an important contribution between philosophy and theology, illuminating how to ethically and spiritually take our place as fellow creatures on the planet." 
--Laurel D. Kearns, co-author of Eco-Spirit: Theologies and Philosophies for the Earth; Associate Professor, Drew Theological School

Contributors-

William Greenway

Bio(s)-

William Greenway is Professor of Philosophical Theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is the author of For the Love of All Creatures: The Story of Grace in Genesis (2015) and A Reasonable Belief: Why God and Faith Make Sense (2015).

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