Month: December 2014

Faith, Seriously: The Ethics of Everyday Life, by Michael Banner

Approaching Michael Banner’s new approach to Christian ethics on VL today.

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bannerLike much of the really exciting theology I’ve read this year (Rowan Williams’ Meeting God in Mark, or Hugh Gilbert OSB’s The Tale of Quisquis), The Ethics of Everyday Life is not a monograph, but a collection. In 2013, the theologian and ethicist Michael Banner gave the Oxford University Bampton Lectures, in which he argued that, when it comes to the low-key decision-making of day-to-day life, Christian ethics as it stands is simply not fit for purpose. These lectures represent a first attempt by Banner at constructing a new sort of ethics informed by social anthropology and centred on the life of Christ, and they are reproduced here more or less as is, with a neat but unobtrusive critical framework.

Lecture transcripts are often less accessible to the general reader simply because those who turn up to hear them in the first place can reasonably be assumed…

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The Book of the Year and other beasts

My contribution to the Tablet’s annual books-of-the-year roundup, along with a whole host of far more famous people, is free to view here.

On the VL front, I enthuse about Cardinal Newman here; have a bit of a rant about An Infamous Army here; and talk about a fabulous new collection of ghost stories by the Curious Tales collective here.

Project SJ has been rather quiet due to reasons beyond my control, but I am revving up for a fabulous new start in 2015: details here.

And if you’re so minded, you can buy my very silly Ruritanian romantic-comedy-satire-with-horses-in The Last Prince here.