Understanding the function of religion in a diversity of cultures to shape ethical thinking and decision making.
John Dominic Crossan

In Search of Jesus

Langdon Gilkey

Power, Religion and Ethics

John Dominic Crossan has written over a dozen books on the historical Jesus in the last twenty five years, three of which have become national religious bestsellers: The Historical Jesus (1991), Jesus: A Revolutionary Biography (1994), and Who Killed Jesus (1995). A former co-chair of the Jesus Seminar, he is chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, an international scholarly association for biblical study based in the United States.

For more biographical information on John D. Crossan, please visit the Jesus Seminar Site.


Langdon Gilkey is the author of a number of books, most recently "Nature, Reality, and the Scared: The Nexus of Science and Religion." He is a Visiting Professor in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and a Visiting Professor in Theology at Georgetown University.

For a few other books:

  • Shantung Compound: The Story of Men and Women Under Pressure
  • Creationism on Trial: Evolution and God at Little Rock
  • Blue Twilight: Nature, Creationism, and American Religion
  • Reaping the Whirlwind
Daniel Maguire

Religion and Ethics at the End of Life

Jurgen Moltman

Ecology, Religion and Culture

Daniel C. Maguire teaches ethics at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He is also President of the Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health and Ethics. He is the author of many books, including Death by Choice (1974) and The Moral Core of Judaism and Christianity (1993).

For more information on this author, please visit The Religious Consultation Site.

Jurgen Moltmann believes that what we all know of Christian ethics is individual ethics on the one hand and social and political ethics on the other hand. But a third dimension is more and more important. This is environmental ethics. He believes that we must take into our responsibility not only our personal life, our social life, but also the life of nature around us.

For more biographical information on Jurgen Moltmann, please visit Boston University.

Ferrol Sams

Southern Culture and Personal Ethics

Ferrol Sams was born in Woolsey, Georgia in 1922. He attened many prestigious universities throughout his education. Dr. Sams is well-known for his trilogy based on the depession-era childhood and college years of Porter Osborne, Jr., a country boy growing up in a large and prominent family. The last book of the trilogy is When All the World was Young, this takes him through medical school and onto the fields of France with the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II. The war brings challenges of faith, heritage, and parental omniscience. A war of nerves and dreams. Bloody hospitals and battered land.
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