Read ♐ Self, World, and Time (Ethics as Theology #1) ♡

A nearly poetic account of Christian ethics on a threefold trajectory of faith, love and hope. Read ♷ Self, World, and Time (Ethics as Theology #1) ☥ Self, World, And Time Takes Up The Question Of The Form And Matter Of Christian Ethics As An Intellectual Discipline What Is It About How Does Christian Ethics Relate To The Humanities, Especially Philosophy, Theology, And Behavioral Studies How Does Its Shape Correspond To The Shape Of Practical Reason In What Way Does It Participate In The Proclamation Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ Oliver O Donovan Discusses Ethics With Self, World, And Time As Foundation Poles Of Moral Reasoning, And With Faith, Love, And Hope As The Virtues Anchoring The Moral Life Blending Biblical, Historic Theological, And Contemporary Ideas In Its Comprehensive Survey, Self, World, And Time Is An Exploratory Study That Adds Significantly To O Donovan S Previous Theoretical Reflections On Christian Ethics Ethics ain t easy O donovan claims as much Yet ethics is not impossible What must we do to act as responsible agents Understand ourselves, the world, and time Well worth the read The book is not easy going, but neither is living. Probably the hardest book I ve read for a while, with a very elusive first chapter The payoff is massive once you get into the rhythm If you want to know about ethics than just someone else s perspective on abortion or money, this will get you started on thinking about it yourself Takeaway thinking point Deliberation is at the heart of moral theology aka ethics. O Donovan offers an induction into ethics, as opposed to an introduction The latter, he says, is a familiarizing with specialized patterns of inquiry and trains of thought But this will not do for ethics, because we find ourselves already immersed in ethics, having been ethical agents for as long as we can remember What we need is not line of inquiry, but to awake to self, world, and time And in doing so, we will sharpen our moral acumen and live responsibly To awake to self is to recognize oneself inescapably as as an agent and eschew programs that reduce ethics to primarily problem solving without reference to self To awake to world is to realize one operates in an objective world that cannot and will not simply bend to the agent s will To awake to time is to recognize we must act here and now, casting off universalized idealism These three form a triad that must be discursively navigated in ethical reasoning no one has priority and no one can be dropped In the final chapters, O Donovan corresponds those three aspects of moral thinking to faith, hope, and love Faith in God for focusing the subject agent love embracing the world in its reality as the field of action hope discerning the space of opportune time into whichour service to God and neighbor may be ventured pg 100.O Donovan is incredibly dense, and this is certainly a guild book written for scholars well versed in the field of ethics So I m not sure I would recommend it to anyone but scholars and grad level students, nor am I sure if I ll continue with the series However, his prose is fantastic and, even for non experts, there are some moments of real clarity and insight I enjoyed three things in particular First, he insists descriptions of the world are as morally loaded as ethical prescriptions, and therefore must be learned Second, he navigates the communal individual nature of ethics well individuals inherit their lives and ethics from a community that gives individuals intelligibility Third, the prominence he gives to prayer in the moral life is refreshing Two of the six chapters, fittingly the ones on moral thinking and moral communication, end with reflections on prayer s place in the moral life. Excellently done This is a helpful extension of O Donovan s earlier work, and is the sort of book that only a lifetime of careful learning and deliberation could produce. This is a extraordinary book With dense, lucid and beautiful prose yes, this a theological book , O Donovan gives us an account of practical reason in the context of being led by the Spirit Richly biblical, his account of the Christian life strengthened my understanding of our agency while keeping the Gospel at the center Resurrection and Moral Order was an important book for me In the introduction, O Donovan says this project could be titled, Pentecost and Moral Reasoning Being in the midst of a complex and difficult decision personally, it read like a devotional book for me I was sad when it was over, but fortunately their is a sequel, Finding and Seeking I wanted to like this book, but reading it was such a slog O Donovan s writing is dense, often unnecessarily obtuse, which makes his meaning get lost for the first three or four readings over a paragraph and then so often the reward is not worth the effort The book was published in 2013, but it reads like something much older, both in its sexist language mankind , really in 2013 Where was the editor and in its failure to reference any contemporary philosophy To be honest, I cannot really summarize the book because I spent so much effort working through each point that the overall thread was lost I did like his discussion of faith, love, and hope, and placing those into right relationship and historical perspective It was also a book with a few powerful quotable quotes To desire pardon is not to desire that God should wink or bend it is to desire that he should show himself in his majesty as the one who raises lost hu mankind from the dead It is to ask something that of its nature transforms the world, and with the world our neighbour, our enemy, our established right and identity.I love this So often, people think of God s forgiveness as God s moment of weakness, but the beauty here is its God s moment of transformation that brings everything into right identity However, rather than reading it, just let me know and I ll be happy to share quotables and save you the trouble.