Jesus the Radical: The Parables and Modern Morality connects the lessons of six parables of the New Testament with philosophical issues structured around contemporary morality and the art of leading a good human life. In this manner, Raymond Angelo Belliotti highlights just how radical was the historical Jesus’ moral message and how enormous a challenge he raised to the conventional wisdom of his time. More important, this book demonstrates how deeply opposed is Jesus’ moral message to the dominant moral understandings of our time. Although our conventional morality is generally profoundly influenced by Judeo-Christianity, several of Jesus’ revolutionary insights have been marginalized. By imagining how our world would appear if those insights were highlighted, we can perceive more clearly the people we are and the people we might become.
Belliotti's analysis of the parables will be of keen interest to professional philosophers, theologians, and educated lay people interested in the connections between religion and philosophy.
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About the Author
Raymond Angelo Belliotti is SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of philosophy at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is the author of fourteen books, including Posthumous Harm: Why the Dead are Still Vulnerable, Niccolo Machiavelli: The Laughing Lion and the Strutting Fox, and Roman Philosophy and the Good Life.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The Good Samaritan: “And who is my neighbor?”
Chapter 2: The Prodigal Son: “All that I have is thine”
Chapter 3: The Laborers in the Vineyard: “Whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive”
Chapter 4: The Unforgiving Servant: “Shouldest not thou also have had compassion?”
Chapter 5: The Rich Fool: “Then whose shall those things be?”
Chapter 6: The Unjust Steward: “Because he had done wisely”
About the Author