How do we live the moral life? How can we become good and responsible parents, co-workers, and citizens? Essential to the task of becoming fully authentic persons and building genuine communities is seeking goodness and the presence of divine beauty in human experience and the created order. Seeking Goodness and Beauty: The Use of the Arts in Theological Ethics offers the reader a unique and innovative perspective on questions of ethics and how we can incorporate the human experience of the Arts to best live and teach the moral life. Art and aesthetic experiences transcend borders and engage us rationally, emotionally, and sensually. The arts are important for the moral life because they can serve as a locus of revelation. They can effect moral transformation and engage people's religious dimension in surprising ways. Novels, film, autobiography, and music can all contribute to the moral formation of good character and virtue as well as to the skill of discerning right action by developing imagination, shaping moral vision, tutoring the emotions, or guiding the process of moral discernment. As both scholars and teachers, the contributors to this volume not only offer keen insights into how the arts inform the moral life, but they also show how teaching theological ethics may benefit from the arts. Seeking Goodness and Beauty brings together theory and practice in an approachable, engaging manner and offers methods of pedagogy to encourage the use of the arts in moral education.
About the Author
Patricia Lamoureux is professor of moral theology and holds the Richard and Barbara Fisher Chair in Social Ethics at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore MD. Kevin O'Neil, C.S.s.R, is associate professor of moral theology at the Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC. He is co-author with Peter Black of The Essential Moral Handbook. .
Table of Contents
Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Formative Power of Story and the Grace of Indirection Chapter 3 Spending the Day with a Good Friend: Autobiography, Moral Character, and the Religious Imagination Chapter 4 In Search of Soul: Character and Imagination in Carlos Fuentes's The Good Conscience Chapter 5 The Transformative Power of Love in Shadowlands Chapter 6 The Attractive Power of Goodness: The Moral Landscape of John Hassler's North of Hope Chapter 7 Gothic Ethics: Seeing the Beast in Our Own Eye Chapter 8 Movies and Morals: The Case of Citizen Kane Chapter 9 Music and Morality: "Performance" and the Normative Claim of Scores and Texts Part 10 About the Contributors