Academic journal article Theological Studies

Self, World, and Time: An Introduction

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Self, World, and Time: An Introduction

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Self, World, and Time: An Introduction. Ethics as Theology I. By Oliver O'Donovan. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Pp. 138 + xiii. $25.

O'Donovan begins his proposed three-volume work by situating his reflections within their contemporary context. On the one hand, he notes the disintegration of the discipline of theological ethics, at least within Protestant circles, citing Johannes Fischer. On the other hand, though he critiques the "over-simple knowingness about itself' of late modernity (x), he seeks to weave a consistent form for the discipline of ethics, doing so in a deliberately inductive way.

In this slim volume, the reader experiences a great scholar reflecting on his own craft. O'D. does so, bearing in mind two principles: ethicists must "enter into the lived experience of practical deliberation ... and inhabit it as residents," not as occasional guests (ix). At the same time, they must engage in an architectural enterprise that joins divergent themes together. While many of the themes O'D. develops do not blaze new trails, his careful construction and balance result in an important contribution to the field. …

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