What if we began our study of Christian ethics not with an examination of our moral duties but with an exploration of the call of beauty? Like justice, beauty generates a call to a larger, more generous self. God's Beauty offers a fresh, positive approach to moral arguments calling us to work for social justice. It focuses on the calling of divine beauty summoning us to work for justice, protect human rights, overcome alienation and hostility, and be tenders and creators of beauty.
Patrick T. McCormick is professor of religious studies at Gonzaga University. He is the author of A Banqueter's Guide to the All Night Soup Kitchen of the Kingdom of God (Liturgical Press, 2004) and has written a monthly column on Christianity and culture for U.S. Catholic since 1994.
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God's Beauty is a breakthrough book. McCormick's creativity moves us from the drudgery of duty and obligation to show us the joy and liberation that emerges when we let beauty ground our ethics. The book creatively mines the Scriptures and tradition to discover God as the lure of beauty who transforms how we experience justice, poverty, immigrants, and our world. It's a breath of fresh air for those interested in ethics.
Thomas A. Shannon, Co-editor of Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage
God's Beauty is a thoughtful and very eloquent book, particularly in its criticisms. . . .a book with profound significance for many areas of ethical thought.
Michael Casey, OCSO, Tarrawarra Abbey
This is a thoughtful and very eloquent book, particularly in its criticisms. . . . This is a book with profound significance for many areas of ethical thought.