Entering Into Rest (Ethics On Theology Series)
: Oliver O'Donovan's Ethics as Theology project began with Self, World, and Time, an "induction" into Christian ethics as ordered reflection on moral thinking within the life of faith. Volume 2, Finding and Seeking , shifted the focus to...
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Oliver O'Donovan's Ethics as Theology project began with Self, World, and Time, an "induction" into Christian ethics as ordered reflection on moral thinking within the life of faith. Volume 2, Finding and Seeking, shifted the focus to the movement of moral thought from a first consciousness of agency to the time that determines the moment of decision.
In this third and final volume of his magnum opus, O'Donovan turns his attention to the forward horizon with which moral thinking must engage. Moral experience, he argues, is necessarily two-directional, looking both back at responsibility and forward at aims. The Pauline triad of theological virtues (faith, love, and hope) describes a form of responsibility, and its climax in the sovereignty of love opens the way to a definitive teleology.
Entering into Rest offers O'Donovan's mature reflections on questions that have engaged him throughout his career and provides a synoptic view of many of his main themes.
Prof. Oliver O'Donovan PhD DPhil FBA is Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at New College, University of Edinburgh. He was Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford from 1982 until 2006, before which he taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972-7) and at Wycliffe College, Toronto (1977-82).
He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. Ordained as a priest of the Church of England, and has served on the General Synod. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000.
He is the author of The Problem of Self-Love in Saint Augustine (Yale 1979); Begotten or Made? (Oxford University Press, 1984); Resurrection and Moral Order (Eerdmans, 1986); On the Thirty-Nine Articles (Paternoster, 1986); Peace and Certainty (Eerdmans, 1989); The Desire of the Nations (Cambridge University Press, 1996): Common Objects of Love (Eerdmans, 2002); The Ways of Judgment (2005) and The Word in Small Boats: Sermons from Oxford (Eerdmans, 2010)