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Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics (Christopher C H Cook) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521851824
Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics (Christopher C H Cook) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521851824
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Title: Alcohol, Addiction and Christian Ethics

Author: Cook, Christopher C H

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521851824

Volumes: 1; Pages: 262

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Addictive disorders are characterised by a division of the will, in which the addict is attracted both by a desire to continue the addictive behaviour and also by a desire to stop it. Academic perspectives on this predicament usually come from clinical and scientific standpoints, with the 'moral model' rejected as outmoded. But Christian theology has a long history of thinking and writing on such problems and offers insights which are helpful to scientific and ethical reflection upon the nature of addiction. Chris Cook reviews Christian theological and ethical reflection upon the problems of alcohol use and misuse, from biblical times until the present day. Drawing particularly upon the writings of St Paul the Apostle and Augustine of Hippo, a critical theological model of addiction is developed. Alcohol dependence is also viewed in the broader ethical perspective of the use and misuse of alcohol within communities.ContentsPreface1. Alcohol, addiction and Christian ethics: introduction2. An addiction in context: the use, misuse and harmful use of alcohol3. Drunkenness as vice in the New Testament4. Drunkenness as intemperance: Augustine, Aquinas, Luther and Whitefield5. Temperence redefined: the nineteenth century temperance movement6. Addiction as sin and syndrome: the divided self7. Alcohol, addiction and Christian ethics8. Conclusions.
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