The author of Methodist Morals: Social Principles in the Public Church’s Witness, Dr. Darryl Stephens, is a former member of St. Paul’s and the St. Paul’s Choir. He now is Director of United Methodist Studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania. An ordained deacon of the Texas Annual Conference, he holds an M.Div. from Perkins School of Theology and a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from Emory University.
Published in April by the University of Tennessee Press, Methodist Morals is the first full-length study of Methodist social teachings in more than 50 years.
“Examining official Methodist teachings from institutional, historical, and cross-cultural perspectives,” states the UTPress website, “Stephens provides a rich analysis of this case study of Protestant social witness, drawing on his expertise in church polity, Methodist history, and Christian social ethics.
“The issues of war, abortion, human sexuality, and marriage illustrate the messiness of democratic deliberation in an ecclesial context and the evolution of a people ever concerned with the sin of ‘worldliness’ even as they become more attuned to transforming social structures. Stephens also contrasts this conception of the public church with the ecclesiologies of prominent Methodist ethicists Stanley Hauerwas and Paul Ramsey.”
Those who missed purchasing the book when Dr. Stephens spoke at St. Paul's on May 29 may use this order form.