Professor Scott Rae is one of the leading Christian ethicists today. As an undergrad, I had the opportunity to take his class on business ethics . . . and it was one of my favorites. I have used his book "Moral Choices" for my high school honors Bible class, and I consider it one of the best texts on ethics. Now, he has written a short, concise introduction to ethics called "Introducing Christian Ethics: A Short Guide to Making Moral Choices," which officially released September 22. If you are looking for a book to use as a text for a class, a small group, or even personal study, this book would be an excellent choice.
Dr. Rae briefly answered a few of my questions regarding ethics:
SEAN MCDOWELL: What do you think is the most difficult ethical dilemma for Christians to deal with? Why?
SCOTT RAE: I think the most difficult ethical issues are in two areas--first, the issues that believers face in the workplace when they work in ethically challenged environments, being asked to take on projects or do things that violate their ethical standards. This happens more regularly than we think, which is why so many believers tend toward compartmentalized lives--with one set of ethics for private life and another, different one for the workplace. A second area, very tricky, is how to be faithful to biblical teaching on marriage and sexuality and be perceived as loving and caring for gays, lesbians and those wrestling with their sexual orientation.
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SEAN: Dad, you’ve done over 250 debates on college campuses around the world on a host of topics. What is the key to being an effective debater?
JOSH:First, do your homework. Thoroughly know the subject. Second, love your opponent, because the best way to win a debate is to love your opponent when you’re destroying his arguments. Third, always find a way to work in your personal testimony as it relates to that subject. The person with an argument is almost always at the mercy of the person with experience. The Christian should have both the argument and the experience.
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But what most consumers of TV news don’t know is why the lead stories are often car wrecks and shootings and—as we are seeing this week—protests and riots. And the answer is this: The events are easy to cover and look great on TV. READ FULL ARTICLE »
Maybe you saw the news story about a Nazi time capsule that was unearthed in Poland. It's both fascinating and chilling to read about the "perfectly preserved" items, including two copies of "Mein Kampf," that it held.
The story made me wonder: If we buried a time capsule representative of America today, what should we put in it, and how would future generations view it? What are your thoughts?READ FULL ARTICLE »