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Sources of Information about Ethics

Web site links

Christian Ethics

Christian Ethics Reading Room, Tyndale Seminary

General Ethics

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (includes many articles on ethics)

Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (sponsor of the Ethics Bowl):

The Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions:

Bioethics: Christian

The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity

Center for Bioethics and Culture

Bioethics: General

The Hastings Center

Business Ethics: Christian

Center for Christian Business Ethics Today

The Soderquist Center for Leadership & Ethics

Business Ethics: General

Ethisphere Institute


Books to begin your quest


Reference books available in the Zondervan Library

Encyclopedia of Ethics. 3 volumes. 2001.

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics. 4 volumes. 1998.

Handbook of Research on Technoethics. 2009.

Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society. 2008.

The Concise Encyclopedia of the Ethics of New Technologies. 2001.

Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 5 volumes. 2004.

Encyclopedia of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy. 2 volumes. 2009.


Christian Ethics

Hollinger, Dennis. Choosing the Good: Christian Ethics in a Complex World

Rae, Scott. Moral Choices


General Ethics

Rachels, James and Stuart Rachels, The Elements of Moral Philosophy

Pojman, Louis P. and Lewis Vaughn The Moral Life: An Introductory Reader in Ethics and Literature

Sommers, Christina Hoff and Fred Sommers, Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life: Introductory Readings in Ethics


Bioethics: Christian

Meilaender, Gilbert. Bioethics: A Primer for Christians


Bioethics: General

Beauchamp, Tom and James Childress. Principles of Biomedical Ethics


Business Ethics: Christian

Pollard, C. William:  The Heart of a Business Ethic

Business Ethics: General

Beauchamp, Tom, Norman Bowie, and Denis Arnold. Ethical Theory and Business


Environmental Ethics: General

Joseph R. DesJardins. Environmental Ethics: An Introduction to Environmental Philosophy


Ethics and Technology: Christian

Brock, Brian. Christian Ethics in a Technological Age


Books to go deeper


Classical readings in ethics

Aquinas, Thomas, Ethical Writings

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Augustine: The Confessions

Bentham, Jeremy: A Fragment on Government

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, The Cost of Discipleship

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich, Life Together

Cicero: On Duties

Cicero: On Moral Ends

Irwin, Terrance, Plato’s Ethics

Kant, Immanuel, Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals

Kant, Immanuel, Lectures on Ethics

Kant, Immanuel, The Metaphysical Principles of Virtue

Kant, Immanuel, Perpetual Peace and Other Essays

King, Martin Luther, Essential Writings and Speeches

Lazareth, William H: Christians in Society: Luther, the Bible, and Social Ethics

Lewis, C. S., The Abolition of Man          

Lewis, C. S., Mere Christianity

Machiavelli, Niccolo, The Prince

MacIntyre, Alasdair, After Virtue

McInerny, Ralph, Ethica Thomistica: The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas

Mill, John Stuart, Utilitarianism

Nietzsche, Friedrich, The Genealogy of Morals 

Plato, Euthyphro

Pojman, Louis, Ethical Theory: Classical and Contemporary Readings



Contemporary Christian ethics

Budziszewski, J., What We Can’t Not Know: A Guide

Budziszewski, J., Written on the Heart

Charles, J. Daryl. Retrieving the Natural Law: A Return to Moral First Things

Copan, Paul, Is God a Moral Monster?

Fedler, Kyle, Exploring Christian Ethics: Biblical Foundations for Morality

Feinberg, John and Paul, Ethics for a Brave New World

Gill, Robin, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics

Grabill, Stephen J., Rediscovering the Natural Law in Reformed Theological Ethics

Hauerwas, Stanley, The Haerwas Reader

Hauerwas, Stanley and Samuel Wells, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics

Hill, Wesley, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and


Holmes, Arthur F., Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions

Johnson, Thomas K., Natural Law Ethics: An Evangelical Proposal

Jones, David C., Biblical Christian Ethics

Jones, Stanton and Mark Yarnhouse, Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in

the Church’s Moral Debate

Kreeft, Peter Back to Virtue

Linzey, Andrew Animal Theology

Sider, Ron The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience

Sider, Ron Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger

Sproul, R. C. and Greg Bailey, Abortion: A Rational Look at an Emotional Issue

van Drunen, David, A Biblical Case for Natural Law

Young, Richard Alan Is God a Vegetarian?

Yarnhouse, Mark Homosexuality and the Christian


Living the Christian life

Foster, Richard, Celebration of Discipline

Willard, Dallas, The Spirit of the Disciplines

Willard, Dallas, Renovation of the Heart


Contemporary thought and ethics

Berry, Wendell, What are People For?

Comte-Sponville, Andre, A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues

Foot, Philippa, Virtues and Vices

Hursthouse, Rosalind On Virtue Ethics

Nozick, Robert, Anarchy, State and Utopia

Rawls, John, A Theory of Justice

Schumacher, E.F. Small is Beautiful

Singer, Peter, Animal Liberation

Walzer, Michael, Just and Unjust Wars

Malcolm X, Autobiography


Books on specific areas of Applied Ethics

Art and Media Ethics

Graphic Artists Guild, Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines


Bioethics: Christian

Kilner, John. Why the Church Needs Bioethics

Orr, Robert. Medical Ethics and the Faith Factor

Sutton, Agneta. Christian Bioethics: A Guide for the Perplexed


Bioethics: General

Vaughn, Lewis. Bioethics: Principles, Issues, and Cases

Munson, Ronald. Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics


Business Ethics: Christian

Burkett, Larry, Business by the Book: The Complete Guide of Biblical Principles for Business Men and Women

Hartropp, Andrew. What Is Economic Justice? Biblical and Secular Perspectives Contrasted

Gregg, Samuel. Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded

Grudem, Wayne, Business for the Glory of God: The Bible’s Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business

Malloch, Theodore Roosevelt. Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business

Sedgwick, Peter H. The Market Economy and Christian Ethics

Vickers, Douglas, Economics and Ethics: An Introduction to Theory, Institutions, and Policy


Business Ethics: General

Badaracco, Joseph L. Jr., Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose Between Right and Right

Badaracco, Joseph L. Jr., Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing

DesJardins, Joseph, An Introduction to Business Ethics: Fourth Edition

Jones, Ian and Michael Pollitt, ed., The Role of Business Ethics in Economic Performance

Harman, Laura P. and Joseph DesJardins, Business Ethics: Decision-Making for Personal Integrity & Social Responsibility

Murphy, Patrick E., Gene R. Laczniak, Normal E. Bowie and Thomas A Klein Ethical Marketing

Murphy, Patrick E. and Gene R. Laczniak, Marketing Ethics: Cases and Readings

Paine, Lynn Sharp, Value Shift: Why Companies Must Merge Social and Financial Imperatives to Achieve Superior Performance

Vickers, Douglas. Economics and Ethics: An Introduction to Theory, Institutions, and Policy


Ethics and Technology: Christian

Borgmann, Albert.,  Power Failure: Christianity in the Culture of Technology

Ellul, J., The Technological Bluff

Ellul, J., The Technological Society


Ethics and Technology: General

Alcorn, P. A., Practical Ethics for a Technological World

Barger, R. N., Computer Ethics: A Case-based Approach

Johnson, D. G., Computer Ethics

Katz, E., Light, A., & Thompson, W. B.,  Controlling Technology: Contemporary Issues

Kidd, T. T., and Chen, I., Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues.

Olsen, J.-K. B., Pedersen, S. A., & Hendricks, V. F.,  A Companion to the Philosophy of Technology.

Postman, N. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology.

Schultze, Quentin J., Habits of the High-tech Heart: Living Virtuously in the Information Age


Research Ethics: General

Emanuel, Ezekiel J., Christine Grady, Robert A. Crouch, Reidar K. Lie, Franklin G. Miller, and David Wendler. The Oxford Textbook of Clinical Research Ethics.

Goodman, Jordan, et al., eds. Useful Bodies: Humans in the Service of Medical Science in the Twentieth Century

United States Department of Health & Human Services. Office for Human Research Protections. The Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjection of Research.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Human Subject Protections. “Protection of Human Subjects.” Code of Federal Regulations Title 45, Part 46, 2009.

World Medical Association. Declaration of Helsinki: Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects.


Social Science Ethics: General

Corey, Gerald, Marianne Schneider Corey, and Patrick Callanan, Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions


Social Science Ethics: Christian

Sanders, Randolph K., Christian Counseling Ethics: A Handbook for Therapists, Pastors & Counselors




First Things

Ethics and Information Technology

Ethics and Medicine

The Hastings Center Report

Journal of Religious Ethics

Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology


Codes of Ethics and Ethical Statements of Professional Organizations


American Counseling Association: Code of Ethics

American Medical Association: Code of Medical Ethics

American Nurses Association: Code of Ethics for Nurses

American Psychological Association: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct

Documentary Filmmakers’ Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

National Association of Social Workers: Code of Ethics

Software Engineering Code of Ethics and Professional Practice

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