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Ethics That Matters: African, Caribbean, and African American Sources - new book edited by Marcia Riggs and James S. Log



Decatur, GA. Marcia Y. Riggs is co-editor, with James S. Logan, of a collection of essays titled Ethics Matters:  African, Caribbean, and African American Sources (Fortress, 2011). Dr. Riggs is the J. Erskine Love Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. Dr. Logan is Associate Professor of Religion at Earlham College, Richmond, IN.

As a social ethics textbook, this volume presents social justice not as an abstract ethical ideal or philosophical concept. Instead, social justice emerges through the contributors’ essays from the lived experiences—historical and contemporary—of particular peoples engaged in struggles 

to have meaningful and productive lives. Each essay offers moral visions and norms for transformation that speak out of and to the “souls of black folk” as a way forward toward a moral community of justice for all peoples and the planet Earth.

With the editors, contributors include the following: Jacob Olupona, Noel Erskine, Katie G. Cannon, Anthony B. Pinn, Riggins Earl, James H. Cone, Dwight N. Hopkins, Lewis V. Baldwin, Jonathan L. Walton, Rosetta E. Ross, Victor Anderson, Walter E. Fluker, Traci West, Melanie L. Harris, Emilie M. Townes, Barbara A. Holmes, and Peter J. Paris.

Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, GA, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The seminary offers seven graduate degree programs: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Practical Theology, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Educational Ministry, and Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling. Currently 421 students are enrolled, representing 30 denominations, 34 states, and 10 countries. More information about Columbia:

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