AND JUSTICE MINI-COURSE
see what light the Bible can shine on questions that are vital
to anyone living in today's world and are of special concern to
What does it mean to
live as a disciple of Jesus in modern society? What kinds of things
should we do? More important, what kind of people should we be?
Familiar terms such as euthanasia and AIDS obviously do not appear
in the Bible, but is there guidance there for understanding these
and other contemporary issues? What does our history tell us?
Scripture scholars and professional ethicists help us to apply
biblical principles to current circumstances.
A four-week course
Life: The Bible and the Death Penalty Today By Kenneth
R. Overberg, S.J. N1000
One of the most divisive
ethical issues in contemporary American society is capital punishment.
In his opening remarks Overberg states, "This issue of Scripture
from Scratch offers an invitation to move beyond divisions by
providing the opportunity for thoughtful and prayerful reflection....First,
review some key facts about capital punishment in our world. Then...turn
to our Scriptures for guidance on this issue. Finally...pay close
attention both to Church teaching and to frequently raised questions
about the death penalty."
Outside the Camp?
Leprosy, AIDS and the Bible By Kenneth R. Overberg, S.J.
The term HIV/AIDS
can obviously not be found in the Bible, but we can look to Scripture
for sound guidance concerning the Christian response. Reflecting
on Jesus' teaching and actions, Overberg demonstrates that AIDS
is not a punishment from God and that Christians are called not
only to care but to change societal structures that are oppressive.
Choosing Life: The
Bible and Euthanasia By Kenneth R. Overberg, S.J. N1094
Examining the challenge
that euthanasia, assisted suicide and the withdrawal of life support
systems present today, Overberg shows how foundational biblical
morality and ethics can help enlighten the difficult choices which
often must be made.
Do We Love Our Enemies?
The Bible and the Just War Tradition By Lisa Sowle Cahill.
As a professor of Christian
ethics, Cahill examines the Bible's teachings on war and nonviolence,
then traces the Church's traditional "just war" teaching. She also
explores the Sermon on the Mount, early Christianity in the Roman
Empire, Augustine's ideas and today's Church teaching.
For a six-week course,
Marriage and Family
Life in the Bible By Carolyn Osiek, R.S.C.J. N0998
The words family
and home have specific meanings for people living in the
United States in the early 21st century. In the first-Century biblical
world, those terms carried quite different connotations. What are
family values anyway? This issue of Scripture from Scratch
looks at how these cultural differences influence our interpretation
of biblical accounts. Osiek helps to understand these concepts from
the historical and cultural context of the ancient Mediterranean
Jesus' 'Plain' Sermon
on the Mount By Virginia Smith. N0199
As the core ethical
and moral statement of the Christian Scriptures, the Sermon on
the Mount in Matthew (or on the plain in Luke) can be mined endlessly
without exhausting its resources. This issue provides a way to
For an eight-week
Job's Story: Being
Honest With God By Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M. N0596
Matters of morality,
ethics and justice often involve an element of suffering. Job was
certainly the expert on that, entering into a classic debate with
God. So often we find ourselves asking why. So did Job. What he
learned is still profitable today.
From Mount Sinai
to the Sermon on the Mount: The Laws of Moses and Jesus By
Alfred McBride, O.Praem. N1194
glows from two mountaintops, Mount Sinai and the Mount of the
Beatitudes. These peak experiences of scriptural morality are
sounds of divine love that flow into laws that show us how to
love," McBride writes.