The Common Good and Christian Ethics

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The Common Good and Christian Ethics rethinks the ancient tradition of the common good in a way that addresses contemporary social divisions, both urban and global. David Hollenbach draws on social analysis, moral philosophy, and theological ethics to chart new directions in both urban life and global society. He argues that the division between the middle class and the poor in major cities and the challenges of globalization require a new commitment to the common good. Both believers and secular people must move toward new forms of solidarity if they are to live good lives together. Hollenbach proposes a positive vision of how a reconstructed understanding of the common good can lead to better lives for all today, both in cities and globally. This interdisciplinary study makes both practical and theoretical contributions to the developing shape of social, cultural, and religious life today.
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Exploring social and class divisions in American society and globally, Hollenbach (Catholic theology, Boston College) argues that tolerance is inadequate as a theological approach for solving modern problems. He suggests that the Catholic Church has an important role to play in promoting the social good. Engaging with past political philosophers and current religious thinkers from a variety of faiths, he argues for an engaged Catholicism that, together with other engaged religions, addresses issues of poverty and the degradation of the environment. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"David Hollenbach, S.J., charts new directions for envisioning and enacting the common good. Steeped in the debates of the past few decades and conversant with political theory, development economics, and the sociology of race, poverty, and civil society, this wide-ranging and illuminating book extends his articulation of the common good as a distinctively Catholic contribution still vital to public policy and discourse." The Journal of Religion

"The author argues clearly, concisely and persuasively that 'the idea of the common good is an idea whose time has once again come'." Catholic Books Review

"The Common Good and Christian Ethics is not only the best work in American Catholic public philosophy in over 40 years, it is likely to remain the best for many years to come." America

" important addition to the 'New Studies in Christian Ethics' series...highly relevant...The Common Good and Christian Ethics combines theoretical clarity and practical substance to open new possibilities for religion in shaping public life." Theology Today

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Table of Contents

General editor's preface
Note on websites
1 The eclipse of the public 3
2 Problems tolerance cannot handle 32
3 Recovering the commonweal 65
4 Religion in public 87
5 Christianity in a community of freedom 113
6 Intellectual solidarity 137
7 Poverty, justice, and the good of the city 173
8 The global common good 212
Bibliography 245
Electronic resources 260
Index 263
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