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The Authority of the Gospel: Explorations in Moral and Political Theology in Honor of Oliver O'Donovan

The Authority of the Gospel: Explorations in Moral and Political Theology in Honor of Oliver O'Donovan

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Oliver O’Donovan is widely regarded as one of the preeminent Protestant Christian ethicists of our time. His teaching and scholarship have exerted a profound influence on countless moral theologians.

This volume honoring O’Donovan shows how the various contributors -- themselves distinguished scholars -- have developed their own thinking through serious engagement with O’Donovan’s work. Significantly, they build upon, expand, and critique the agenda for Christian ethics that O’Donovan has been instrumental in constructing. As Robert Song and Brent Waters say in their introduction, “To genuinely honor O’Donovan, one cannot remain content with reciting but must risk one’s own exposition.”
  • Contributors:
  • Nigel Biggar
  • Brian Brock
  • Jonathan Chaplin
  • Eric Gregory
  • Shinji Kayama
  • Jean-Yves Lacoste
  • Joan O’Donovan
  • Oliver O’Donovan
  • Robert Song
  • Hans Ulrich
  • Bernd Wannenwetsch
  • Brent Waters
  • John Webster
  • Rowan Williams
  • John Witte Jr.
  • Holger Zaborowski

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ISBN-13: 9781467443234
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/09/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 316
Sales rank: 1,049,941
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Robert Song is professor of theological ethics at DurhamUniversity and the author of Human Genetics: Fabricatingthe Future and Covenant and Calling: Towards aTheology of Same-Sex Relationships.
Brent Waters is Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor ofChristian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical TheologicalSeminary, Evanston, Illinois, and the author of TheFamily in Christian Social and Political Thought,This Mortal Flesh: Incarnation and Bioethics, andFrom Human to Posthuman: Christian Theology andTechnology in a Postmodern World.
Rowan Williams served as the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012 and is now Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. A Fellow of the British Academy and an internationally recognized theologian, he was previously Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford, Bishop of Monmouth, and Archbishop of Wales.

Table of Contents

Foreword Rowan Williams vii

Contributors ix

Introduction Robert Song Brent Waters xi

A Love Formed by Faith: Relating Theological Virtues in Augustine and Luther Bernd Wannenwetsch 1

In War and in Peace: Heidegger, Levinas, O'Donovan Jean-Yves Lacoste 32

Regime Change in Iraq: A Christian Reading of the Morals of the Story Nigel Biggar 52

The Boldness of Analogy: Civic Virtues and Augustinian Eudaimonism Eric Gregory 72

Augustine and Preaching: A Christian Moral Pedagogy Shinji Kayama 86

From Justification to Justice: The Cranmerian Prayer Book Legacy Joan O'Donovan 104

Governing Diversity: "Public Judgment" and Religious Plurality Jonathan Chaplin 122

Communication Brent Waters 143

What is "the Public"? Theological Variations on Babel and Pentecost Brian Brock 160

The Ways of Discernment Hans Ulrich 179

Between Naturalism and Religion? Jürgen Habermas, Robert Spaemann, and the Metaphysics of Creation Holger Zaborowski 196

The Nature of Family, the Family of Nature: Prescient Insights from the Scottish Enlightenment John Witte, Jr. 210

Body Integrity Identity Disorder and the Ethics of Mutilation Robert Song 229

Dolent gaudentque: Sorrow in the Christian Life John Webster 250

Know Thyself! The Return of Self-Love Oliver O'Donovan 268

Publications Oliver O'Donovan 285

Index of Authors 292

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