One of the central messages of our culture is to "follow your heart." From our youth we are taught to do what feels right, to seek the fulfillment of our desires almost regardless of how it may impact other people, and more importantly, whether the choices we make are right or wrong. In Ethix, Sean McDowell makes the case that there is a right way to live in a world such as ours, and the decisions we make should be guided by the general principles provided by the Bible.
Written primarily to a youth audience, Ethix addresses many of the ethical and lifestyle decisions that teenagers face today. McDowell begins with why it's important to make right choices and how they can be made. Building on this foundation, McDowell explores the issues of truth, relativism, sex, drugs, abortion, homosexuality, marriage, war, and decision-making in light of God's will. Each chapter begins with a purpose statement for the chapter and a brief outline of its contents. At the end of each chapter are questions for review and small group discussion.
Being essentially a guide book for Christian living, Ethix is solid foundation for both youth and adults who struggle with making good choices in our mixed up world. Sean McDowell analyzes the issues with clarity and charity when appropriate, fairly handling positions he disagrees with. Instead of isolating people from difficult subjects, McDowell successfully inoculates his readers against the ideas of our world that stand contrary to Scripture.