Rethinking Peter Singer: A Christian Critique edited by Gordon Preece
Gordon Preece, Rethinking Peter Singer: A Christian Critique, IVP, 2002
Who is Peter Singer? What does he say about issues like abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and animal rights? What does he say about Christianity? What exactly is his philosophy? “Peter Singer is probably the world’s most famous or infamous contemporary philosopher,” says Gordon Preece. Recently appointed as professor of bioethics at Princeton University’s Center for Human Values, Singer is best known for his book on animal rights, Animal Liberation, and for his philosophical text Practical Ethics. But underneath his seemingly benign agenda lies perhaps the most radical challenge to Christian ethics proposed in recent times. In Rethinking Peter Singer four of Singer’s contemporaries, fellow Australian scholars Gordon Preece, Graham Cole, Lindsay Wilson and Andrew Sloane, grapple with Singer’s views respectfully but incisively. From a straightforwardly Christian perspective, they critique Singer’s thought in four major areas: abortion and infanticide, euthanasia, animal rights, and Christianity. Rethinking Peter Singer is not only for those who want to understand Singer’s views but also for all who want to challenge the thinking that more and more informs our society’s stance on moral issues.
About the editor: Gordon Preece is the director of Ethos and minister at Yarraville Anglican Church. He has previously lectured at three ACT colleges: Morling College, Ridley College and MCSI.
Other ACT contributors:
Graham Cole is Dean of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and also Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology there. He was Principal of Ridley College (ACT) from 1992-2001.
Andrew Sloane is Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought and Director of Postgraduate Studies, Morling College, Sydney.
Lindsay Wilson is Academic Dean and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament at Ridley College Melbourne.