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Appealing to Scripture in Moral Debate
Five Hermeneutical Rules
PAPERBACK; Published: 7/8/2002
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4942-7
Price: $ 25.50
232 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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John Barton
— Oxford University
"Charles Cosgrove writes lucidly and with profundity about various ways of using the Bible in ethics, drawing on a very wide range of literature. His book introduces clarity into a confused area and will be essential reading for both ethicists and students of the Bible. A wise, learned, and highly readable work."
David M. Scholer
— Fuller Theological Seminary
"For all who accept in any serious way the authority of the Bible, the basic issue confronting and always challenging us is hermeneutics. Cosgrove's masterful and measured study of five basic hermeneutical perspectives (‘rules') is a superb contribution to the discussion of textual interpretation. I hope biblical scholars, theologians, and ethicists will read this book with the care it deserves."
Jeffrey S. Siker
— Vanderbilt University
"A first-rate contribution to the important discussion of how Scripture is used in moral debate. Cosgrove's study is sophisticated, wide-ranging, and carefully argued. It is a very helpful and thoughtful analysis that reflects both critically and faithfully on the use of Scripture in moral reasoning."
Daniel Patte
— Loyola Marymount University
"Charles Cosgrove's book is a must for pastors, priests, and all Christians who appeal to Scripture to ground the moral life. In a time of frequent moral debates among Christians, this timely book helps us to recognize that there are different ways to appeal to Scripture, instead of claiming that those with whom we disagree do not respect the authority of Scripture. In a time when we might feel paralyzed by the conflict of interpretations, this most helpful book clarifies for us that, whatever our conclusions might be, we have chosen one among several legitimate and plausible ways of appealing to Scripture. By refusing to prescribe one of these hermeneutical choices as ‘better' than the others, Cosgrove empowers us to assume responsibility for our own choice. This is the kind of ethical responsibility in biblical interpretation that one should find in any pulpit. A most timely and helpful book."

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