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The Slowness of the Good

From the March 1999 Print Edition

Over the past several decades both philosophers and theologians within the academy have participated in a revival of interest in what is generally called “virtue ethics”-an ethic that focuses not so much upon what we ought to do, but upon character, upon the sort of persons we ought to . . . . Continue Reading »

Man as Lucifer

From the February 1999 Print Edition

The Invention of Autonomy: A History of Modern Moral Philosophy by J.B. Scheewind Cambridge University Press, 624 pages, $69.95 cloth, $24.95 The autonomy whose invention J. B. Schneewind explores in this long and magisterial history of seventeenth-and eighteenth-century moral philosophy is Kantian . . . . Continue Reading »

Shall We Clone?

From the October 1998 Print Edition

Human Cloning: Religious Responses Edited By Ronald Cole-Turner. Westminister/ John Knox. 151 pp. $15 The nature of public policy debates in the United States in recent years has tended to exclude-or, at least, to suggest that we ought to exclude-religious considerations. They are suspect in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Gays Marrying

From the May 1998 Print Edition

There are moments when a person says something that should have been obvious but which has been left unsaid-and we wonder why the rest of us have failed to see or say it. That, at least in part, is my reaction to a thesis put forward by Jonathan Mills in a little book titled Love, Covenant & . . . . Continue Reading »

A Philosopher of Virtue

From the April 1998 Print Edition

On November 6, 1997, the German Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper died at the age of ninety-three. Hearing that news reminded me of the first time I read his work. In a graduate course I had been assigned to read some sections on the virtues from the Summa Theologica and then, in addition, to read . . . . Continue Reading »

Meaningful Work

From the January 1998 Print Edition

Although it is sometimes forgotten that a worthy human life can be lived by those who do not work, or do not work for pay, it is still true that work is one of the most fundamental of human experiences. Necessary for human existence, it is also an activity in which we struggle to find meaning and . . . . Continue Reading »

In His Steps

From the December 1997 Print Edition

The Moral Vision of the New Testament by Richard B. Hays HarperSanFrancisco, 508 pages, $25 This book is both a reviewer’s dream and nightmare. From one perspective it is simple to review. Long as the book is, its contents can easily be outlined, so clear and carefully developed is Hays’ . . . . Continue Reading »