Bible and Ethics in Christian Life

A New Conversation

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Bruce C. Birch, Jacqueline E. Lapsley, Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda, Larry L. Rasmussen
  • Minneapolis, MN: 
    Fortress Press
    , May
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Kyle L. Smith forthcoming.


Earth is changing in ways it hasn’t for hundreds of thousands of years. At the same time, Christianity is breaking away from its millennium-long geographical and cultural center in the Euro-West. Its growth is in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, primarily in Pentecostal, evangelical, and independent churches. These dramatically changed planetary and ecclesial landscapes have led many to conclude that we need a new way of thinking about our collective existence: who are we and what is the nature of our responsibility in this deeply altered world? To address that question, biblical scholars Bruce C. Birch and Jacqueline E. Lapsley and Christian ethicists Larry L. Rasmussen and Cynthia Moe-Lobeda carry on “a new conversation” that engages how Christians are to understand the authority and use of Scripture, the basic elements of any full-bodied Christian ethic attuned to our circumstances, and the nature of our responsibility to our planetary neighbors and creation itself. 

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Bruce C. Birch is Dean and Professor of Biblical Theology at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the co-author (with Larry Rasmussen) of Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life(1976,1989, 2018) and Predicament of the Prosperous (1978). He authored What Does the Lord Require? (1985), and Let Justice Roll Down (1991), and is co-author of Theological Introduction to the Old Testament, 2nd ed. (2005), among other works.

Jacqueline E. Lapsley is Associate Professor of Old Testament and Director of the Center for Theology, Women, and Gender at Princeton Theological Seminary. She is the author of Whispering the Word: Hearing Womens’ Stories in the Old Testament (2005) and coeditor of After Exegesis: Feminist Biblical Theology (2015), Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2012), and Women’s Bible Commentary (3rd ed., 2012), among other works. 

Cynthia D. Moe-Lobeda is Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Pacific Lutheran School of Theology, Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union. She is the author of Healing a Broken World: Globalization and God (2002), Public Church: For the Life of the World (2004), and Resisting Structural Evil: Love as Ecological-Economic Vocation (2013), among other works. 

Larry L. Rasmussen is Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics Emeritus at Union Theological Seminary. Among other works, he is author of Earth-honoring Faith: Religious Ethics in a New Key (2013) and Earth Community, Earth Ethics (1996) and coauthor of Bible and Ethics in the Christian Life (1976, 1989, 2018).


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