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Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics [Hardcover]

By Paul J. Wadell (Author)
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Pages   274
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6.33" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.17 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 28, 2007
Publisher   Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
ISBN  0742551784  
EAN  9780742551787  

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Happiness and the Christian Moral Life suggests that the heart of Christian ethics are not elements such as laws and rules and principles and obligations, but is an ongoing initiation into a way of life capable of making a person good and therefore, happy. These elements are important, but they should never overshadow what ought to be the principal concern of Christian ethics: how to form us into people who love the good and seek it in everything we do. Paul Wadell re-envisions the basic elements of Christian morality in light of the conviction that the Christian moral life can be most promisingly described as "training in happiness." This book explores the place of friendship in the Christian moral life, the role of the virtues in our quest for happiness, a Christian understanding of the person, the meaning of freedom in the Christian life, and the importance of narrative for Christian ethics, including what it might mean to "put on" the story that comes to us in Jesus. Also examined are the role of conscience and prudence, its primary virtue; a Christian understanding of love; and why in the Christian life, happiness is impossible without justice.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Paul J. Wadell is associate professor of religious studies at St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin. His previous works include Friendship and the Moral Life, Friends of God: The Primacy of Love, and Morality.

Paul J. Wadell has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Theology in Global Perspectives

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great basic introduction to virtue ethics  Jul 10, 2007
Dr. Wadell's book is a terrific introduction to the positive, life affirming topic of Christian virtue ethics. Read this book if you really want to know how even despite sin and human weakness, God's love for us all transends the sorrows of the world. His explanations are beautifully crafted and his voice is one that brings hope to those who struggle with living the good life well. Wonderful text for beginning students of a positive, affirming view of Christian ethics. A breath of fresh air in the dankness of the usual sin, damnation, and "thou-shall-nots" of many Christian ethics texts. Bravo, Dr. Wadell, your book is full of joy!

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