Practices for Christians
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Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Number of Pages: 272
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
How can ordinary Christians find moral guidance for the mundane dilemmas they confront in their daily lives? To answer this question, Julie Hanlon Rubio brings together a rich Catholic theology of marriage and a strong commitment to social justice to focus on the place where the ethics of ordinary life are played out: the family. Sex, money, eating, spirituality, and service. According to Rubio, all are areas for practical application of an ethics of the family. In each area, intentional practices can function as acts of resistance to a cultural and middle-class conformity that promotes materialism over relationships. These practices forge deep connections within the family and help families live out their calling to be in solidarity with others and participate in social change from below. It is through these everyday moral choices that most Christians can live out their faith-and contribute to progress in the world.
"Rubio outlines the thickest and most accessible vision yet of Catholic family life in contemporary America... Rubio's book should gain a very wide audience, for its significance goes beyond advancing the conversation in marriage and family ethics. The book is also suggestive of a way forward for Catholicism generally, one that advances on the lightweight accomodationism of liberals and the unfailing political severity and legalism of conservatives. How so? By an actual retrieval of some of the best work done in early 20th century Catholicism. Instead of simply rejecting anything 'pre-Vatican II' or inventing some supposed set of free-floating pieties that will 'return' us to those days, Rubio actually seeks out the 'nuanced' and 'rigorous analysis' of the literature of that time. In it, she finds both the counterculturalism she desires and the realism she needs. Her work here is suggestive for moral theologians a caricature of the evils of "the moral manuals" may overlook much of value that was unfortunately lost amidst the politics of the postconciliar Church." -- Catholic Books Review "Very compelling indeed... Rubio provides the theological community with a new and refreshing way of thinking about the 'goods of marriage.'... This book is a 'must read' for anyone who is interested in family life, marriage and relationships in general. It will provoked much discussion in many areas of sexual morality as well as making ordinary married couples feel more at home in theological discussions on sexuality, family and marriage." -- The Furrow "Even coming from a rich Catholic background of understanding, her concepts and applications can be used by any denomination... Anyone looking for a refreshing read on family ethics will not be disappointed with Dr. Rubio's work." -- Theological Book Review