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The Way That Leads There

Paperback|Jul 2006
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St. Augustine formulated the classic Christian understanding of desire, that "our hearts are restless until they rest in God." Gilbert Meilaender maintains that this frustrated desire is the crux of our existence. In "The Way That Leads There" he takes...


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St. Augustine formulated the classic Christian understanding of desire, that "our hearts are restless until they rest in God." Gilbert Meilaender maintains that this frustrated desire is the crux of our existence. In "The Way That Leads There" he takes Augustine as a conversation partner to explore subjects that have plagued humanity for centuries: duty, desire, politics, sex, and grief. Deep and carefully reasoned, these six essays rescue Augustine from many of our misperceptions and meaningfully dialogue with both C. S. Lewis and Catholic moral theology, generating insights on difficult topics -- lying, contraception, food, and grief, among others. A final chapter on method acts as a well-reasoned apology for his innovative method of reading the famous Bishop of Hippo.The picture of life that emerges in Meilaender's work is one of incompleteness, of our inability to perfect and unify our moral lives. Yet this inability is not a cause for despair; it is rather a call to look, with Augustine, to God as the source and object of our greatest desire.
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Saint Augustine formulated the classic Christian understanding of desire, that "our hearts are restless until they rest in God." Gilbert Meilaender maintains that this frustrated desire lies at the heart of our existence. In The Way That Leads There he takes Augustine as a "conversation partner" for exploring subjects that human beings have wrestled with for centuries -- desire, duty, politics, sex, and grief. Meilaender's carefully reasoned, insightful work rescues Augustine from many of our misperceptions and interacts meaningfully with both C. S. Lewis and Catholic moral theology, generating insights on difficult topics. The picture of life that emerges in these pages is one of incompleteness, of our inability to perfect and unify our moral lives. Yet this inability is not a cause for despair; it is rather a call to look, with Augustine, to God as the source and object of our greatest desire.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 250744
  • Product Code 080283213X
  • EAN 9780802832139
  • Pages 184
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Jul 2006
  • Dimensions 209 x 133 x 12mm
  • Weight 0.254kg

Gilbert Meilaender

Gilbert Meilaender (Ph.D., Princeton University), a bioethicist and Lutheran theologian, is Duesenberg Professor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is associate editor of Journal of Religious Ethics and is acclaimed for his other books, which include Body, Soul, and Bioethics and Bioethics: A Primer for Christians.

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