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Roanoke College Professor Publishes Tenth Book


SALEM, Va. — Concordia Publishing House has  released a new book by a Roanoke College professor, Dr. Robert Benne, that examines ethics in the Lutheran tradition and how they might apply to a number of different contemporary issues.

Benne, the College’s director of the Center for Religion and Society, has written his tenth book, Reasonable Ethics:  A Christian Approach to Social, Economic, and Political Concerns.  This book shows how a classical appropriation of Lutheran theology and ethics might influence convictions on cultural, economic, political, and ecclesial matters. 

In Reasonable Ethics, Benne begins with autobiographical material, moves through core Lutheran theological and ethical teachings, and then applies them to such varied topics as sports, movies, Christian higher education, religion and politics, sexual ethics, and music.  This new book shows how one Christian moves  from core beliefs to perspectives on controversial issues about which Christians of good will and intelligence can certainly disagree.

Benne is the Jordan-Trexler professor of religion (emeritus) at Roanoke College.  He is a leading writer in Lutheran ethics and social thought.  His other books include:  Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life, Paradoxical Vision:  A Public Theology for the Twenty-First Century, Seeing is Believing:  Visions of Life through Film, and Quality with Soul—How Six Premier Colleges and Universities Keep Faith with Their Christian Traditions.

Roanoke College, the country’s second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 270 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the “best in the Southeast.” Roanoke’s 1,900 students represent 41 states across the U.S. and 25 foreign countries.

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