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Two distinguished scholars offer us important new statements about Christian ethics. Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age offers a sweeping review of history to show that Christian thought is not antagonistic to modernity but has a permanent place in it. In Justice: Rights and Wrongs, Nicholas Wolterstorff reaches far back into biblical tradition and Greek philosophy to trace a distinctive vision of justice based on the worth that God confers on each person. For Wolterstorff, respect for human worth entails respect for human rights; this marks an important turn away from the tendency in recent theology to dismiss talk about rights as an Enlightenment innovation that is alien to Christian ethics.

 

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