Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics

This is a book that I believe is right, true and helpful. Paul Wadell argues that happiness lies in the cultivation of the moral life. His is an exercise in virtue ethics that integrates classic, Christian and modern democratic virtues into a pattern and urges readers to develop the skills that make for a successful and rewarding life. Wadell suggests that the Christian moral life—is the Christian life any other?—is a lifelong process of discerningly applying the basic skill of loving the good and doing it. His thesis is that becoming good, or at least better at loving the good, enables successful living. Happiness lies in training ourselves in a way of life that enables us to reach our grandest possibilities in goodness.

 

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