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COMMON CALLINGS AND ORDINARY VIRTUES Christian Ethics for Everyday Life Brent Waters

Every day, we do commonplace things and interact with ordinary people without giving them much thought. This volume offers a theological guide to thinking Christianly about the ordinary nature of everyday life. Ethicist Brent Waters shows that the activities and relationships we think of as mundane are actually expressions of love of neighbor that are vitally important to our wellbeing. We live out the Christian gospel in the contexts that define us and in the routine chores, practices, activities, and social settings that give ordinary life meaning. It is in those contexts that we discover what we were created for, to be, and to become.

BRENT WATERS (DPhil, University of Oxford) is the Jerre and Mary Joy Stead Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he also directs the Jerre L. and Mary Joy Stead Center for Ethics and Values. He has written, edited, or contributed to many books and has lectured extensively on the relationship between theology, ethics, and technology. He received the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics in 2016.

APRIL 2022 • 288 pp. • paper • $27.99 • 9780801099427

CONTENTS PART 1: THEOLOGICAL AND MORAL THEMES 1. Creation, Incarnation, and Resurrection 2. Calling and Vocation 3. Virtue and Vice 4. Ritual and the Ordering of Time and Place: On Belonging PART 2: EVERYDAY RELATIONSHIPS 5. Neighbors

6. Friends 7. Spouses 8. Parents and Children

9. Strangers 10. Citizens PART 3: EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES 11. Work 12. Housework and Homework 13. Manners 14. Appearance

15. Eating 16. Leisure

Postscript: On the Good of Being Boring Indexes


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