Family Ethics Practices for Christians

ISBN-10: 1589016394
ISBN-13: 9781589016392
Edition: 2010
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 3/17/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

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.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Why Be Concerned with the Ordinary?
Notes
Resources from the Catholic Tradition
A Catholic Theological Understanding of Marriage
Cultural Understandings of Marriage
Liturgy: The Personal and Social Dimensions of Christian Marriage
Scripture and the Social Import of Family Life
Marriage as Sacrament: Beyond Relationship to Communion
Conclusion: Family as Primary Christian Community
Notes
Between the Personal and the Political: Families as Agents of Social Change
Early Documents and Movements: 1891-1931
Early American Episcopal Documents and Catholic Action Groups: 1919-1965
Contemporary Reflections: Changing Hearts and Structures
Conclusion: Families and Social Change
Notes
Grace, Sin, and Holy Families
The Limits of a Theology of Ideals
O'Connor's Gift to Theology
Seeing: Acknowledging the Importance and Difficulty of Faith
Sin and Finitude
Grace, Sin, and Finitude in Christian Marriage
Sin, Grace, and Solidarity
Conclusion: Beginning with Imperfection, Moving toward Solidarity
Notes
Practices
Practicing Sexual Fidelity
Why Practices?
Sexual Ethics: Moving beyond Controversy
Sex, Fidelity, and Infidelity: The Situation
Sex as Practice: Seeking the Good
Conclusion: From Intimacy to Community
Notes
The Practice of Eating: Love, Justice, and Mercy
Family Meals in the Twenty-first Century
Eucharist: Communion and Calling
Eating with/as Sinners: Practicing Mercy at the Table
Love and Justice at the Table: Practices within the Practice
Conclusion: The Priority of Mercy
Notes
How Much Is Enough? The Practice of Tithing
Are We Rich Yet?
Foundations: Hebrew and Christian Scriptures
Christian Tradition on Wealth and Charity
Application: Tithing in a Contemporary Christian Context
Conclusion: Why Tithing Matters
Notes
Serving: Reimagining a Central Practice of Middle-Class Family Life
Contemporary Catholic Family Life: A Rough Sketch
Pre-Vatican II American Parishes
The Changing Shape of Parish Life
Reshaping Parish Life to Support Christian Families
Service as Family Practice
Conclusion: Community, Practice, and Service
Notes
Family Prayer as Practice of Resistance
Prayer: Beyond Platitudes
A Brief History of Christian Thought on Parental Religious Duties
Interfaith Families as Models
Praying as Church in Contemporary Families
Conclusion: Practices of Resistance as Ordinary Morality
Notes
Conclusion
Index

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