Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World Paperback – Mar 1 2009
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About the Author
Sean McDowell is an educator and a popular speaker at schools, churches, and conferences nationwide. He is author of Ethix: Being Bold in a Whatever World, coauthor of 77 FAQs About God and the Bible, Experience Your Bible, and Understanding Intelligent Design, and general editor of Apologetics for a New Generation and The Apologetics Study Bible for Students. He is currently pursuing a PhD in apologetics and worldview studies. Sean's website, www.seanmcdowell.org, offers his blog, many articles and videos, and much additional curriculum.
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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.
The structure of McDowell's book is well thought out. Chapter one kicks the discussion off by making a case for why a student's moral life is one of the most important things he or she can think about. Chapter 2 reminds students it is not a matter of personal will power but rather, the power of God's Spirit. Chapters 3 and 4 lay a necessary foundation for morality by examining the idea of truth and showing the flaws in relativism. After building a framework for moral thinking, McDowell is ready to address individual moral issues, which he does in the remaning chapters with more breadth and depth than most young people have ever encountered. Students won't find a "God says it, I believe, that settles it" rationale here! Instead, they'll find a thoughtful, careful, reasonable, and biblical case for particualar moral views.
As one who works with thousands of students every year, I cannot recommend McDowell's book enough. I hope this is the beginning of more thoughtful and substantive resources for young people, who are eager for as much.