Millennial dreams and moral dilemmas: seventh-day adventism and contemporary ethics

Recent and rapid technological developments on many fronts have created in our society some extremely difficult moral predicaments. Previous generations have not had to face the dilemmas posed by, for example, the availability of safe abortions, sperm banks and prostoglandins. They have not had to c...

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Main Author: Pearson, Michael 1924-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge u.a. Cambridge University Press 1990
Edition:1. publ.
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Gemeinschaft der Siebenten-Tags-Adventisten / Christian ethics
Further subjects:B Social ethics
B Sexual ethics
B Seventh-day Adventists Doctrines
B Sex role Religious aspects Seventh-Day Adventists
B Seventh-day Adventist Church
B Sex Religious aspects Seventh-Day Adventists
B Christian Ethics Seventh-Day Adventist authors
B Adventists Doctrines
B Sex relations. Attitudes of Seventh-day Adventist Church
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Parallel Edition:Electronic
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Summary:Recent and rapid technological developments on many fronts have created in our society some extremely difficult moral predicaments. Previous generations have not had to face the dilemmas posed by, for example, the availability of safe abortions, sperm banks and prostoglandins. They have not had to come to terms with an unchecked exploitation of natural resources heralding imminent ecological crisis, or, worst of all, with the recognition that only in this current generation have people the capacity to destroy themselves and their environment. This book seeks to show how, and why, Seventh-day Adventism has addressed these moral issues, and that the ethical questions arising from these issues are especially relevant to the Adventist church and its development. Dr Pearson looks specifically at the moral decisions Adventists have made in the area of human sexuality, on such issues as contraception, abortion, the role and status of women, divorce and homosexuality, from the beginnings of the movement to 1985. He seeks to put such decision-making in perspective by providing the general social context in which it took place, and shows how Ellen White (whose charismatic leadership held the movement together in its first fifty years) has been a major source of moral authority in the Adventist church - her writings continuing to exercise authority in a contemporary society of turmoil and change. This important book, which conveys something of the general ethos of Adventism, is the first to investigate the ethics of the movement, ans so fill a notable gap in the literature.
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references (p. 311-328)
ISBN:0521365090