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