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Behind Good and Evil

Scott W. Gustafson (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-5404-1 ©2009
Price: $19.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 182 pages
Category/Subject: RELIGION / Ethics

Behind Good and Evil challenges conventional wisdom concerning ethics and morality. It exposes the death-dealing consequences of morality – our knowledge of good and evil – and offers a life-giving alternative.

Behind Good and Evil challenges conventional wisdom regarding morality and ethics. It distinguishes between morality and ethics and claims that morality – our knowledge of good and evil – is a death-dealing enterprise. It argues that evils like American slavery, the Holocaust or the near genocide of the American Indian population are not moral malfunctions but are consistent with the principles of morality itself. After exposing the death-dealing consequences of morality, Behind Good and Evil develops a life-giving alternative called ethics. The practice of the ethical virtues and tactics discussed and developed in Behind Good and Evil create life-giving alternatives to morality.

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Customer Reviews

  Rethink what you believe about Good & Evil , 09/24/2011
Reviewer: Clyde Beury
We grow up and are taught to believe that if something is moral that means it is "good" and life affirming. But in a series of carefully constructed arguments Gustafson invites us to re-examine our philosophical constructs.From his introduction, which outlines the arguments chapter by chapter, to his conclusion, he asks us to re-examine some of the fundamental values we have been raised with in our culture. Gustafson offers two terms, Dominator and Partnership Ways as a new model for decision making, using the teaching of Jesus as his basis for an ethical not moral criteria. This book will most assuredly comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. Citing many historical examples Gustafson build his argument for the abandonment of the 'dark side' of a moral system and embrace a life affirming Partnership Way (ethical) of decision making. His arguments regarding the commoditization of food could probably now be expanded to both housing and education. But that is fodder for another book or perhaps a Michael Moore film. I was introduced to this book by a Pastor/Teacher in the Lutheran ELCA Diakonia program and, as a Deacon am co-facilitating a discussion in both our Men's Group and our Adult Christian Education class. The discussion has been lively. I would recommend this book to anyone who is comfortable in their faith and want to expand their understanding of Jesus and his message. Peace, Deacon clyde

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