"Athens meets Jerusalem in this splendid text that introduces students to contemporary virtue ethics. Alberto de Mingo Kaminouchi covers a great deal of ground: a survey of the history of moral theology, the Christian moral life as configuration to Christ, Aristotelian virtue ethics, and the ethics of the Beatitudes. The book is written in a lucid, engaging style that invites a response to the life of happiness it describes."
Nickolas Becker, OSB, Assistant Professor of Theology, Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary
"The author wisely and helpfully sets the stage for his presentation by concisely narrating the five centuries of Catholic moral theology and its renewal in the decades around the Second Vatican Council. In so doing, de Mingo Kaminouchi introduces readers to a wide range of voices in Catholic moral theology, some more familiar (Curran, Ratzinger, Fuchs, Hauerwas, Rubio, and Häring) and others less familiar, especially voices from Spain that rarely get a hearing among North American readers. The structure of the book is masterful, giving teachers and students solid foundations for an ongoing consequential discussion of Christian ethics in a world that continues to struggle to find its own grounding for conversations about value, character, and ethics. This introduction is a solid grammar of Christian ethics, and it deserves to find a home in the classrooms of North American colleges and seminaries."
Christopher McMahon, PhD, Professor of Theology, Saint Vincent College
“Special thanks to Liturgical Press for bringing such an eloquent translation of the signature work of Alberto de Mingo Kaminouchi into the English-speaking world. De Mingo is that rare Catholic bridge builder who spans biblical theology with theological ethics and introduces us to the grammar of virtue as we learn from revelation to be configured by Christ. Rightly he unfolds for us the beatitudes at the heart of this remarkable lesson and then concludes with an introduction to the three forms of love. I cannot recall ever such a compelling and ultimately satisfying introduction to Christian ethics. Bravo!”
James F. Keenan, SJ, Canisius Professor, Boston College
“Thoroughly rooted in Scripture and history, comprehensive but never tedious, accessible without sacrificing depth—a lucid and engaging introduction to the beauty of the Christian story and life lived in response to it.”
Kate Ward, PhD, Assistant Professor of Theology, Marquette University
“Alberto de Mingo Kaminouchi develops in his An Introduction of Christian Ethics: A New Testament Perspective a Christocentric vision of the moral life whereby Christian ethics helps ‘transform [Christians] into the image of Christ.’ Moving beyond an emphasis on avoiding sin, he focuses on Christians moral growth, conversion, and transformation into a more Christlike people. Sustaining the change into the image of Christ requires practice, specifically the practice of virtues. Beginning with Aristotelian virtue theory as a framework for Christian ethics, he looks at the theological virtues before turning to the Beatitudes. De Mingo Kaminouchi gently moves the reader beyond seeing the Beatitudes as corporal and spiritual works of mercy to be performed for the sake of others. Instead he challenges us to see the Beatitudes as pertinent virtues for the moral life. Virtues that if cultivated help us respond to God’s call and change us over time in the image of Christ. In so doing he connects the moral life and the life of discipleship.”
Kathryn Lilla Cox, Visiting Research Associate, University of San Diego
"This is a book of spiritual reading located in authentic scholarship, for those who are seeking to live a deeper, more generous life."
Catholic Books Review
" A wide variety of readers, teachers and students will find this book useful not only at first reading but as a book to which they will return.”
Catholic Media Association
"A clear, persuasive, and succinct account of Christian ethics grounded in the New Testament."
"Winner of a Catholic Media Association first-place award, this book deserves every accolade it has received. Kaminouchi's book is an excellent point of entry into the study of Christian ethics, especially as he charts the course that the discipline has taken in recent years."
Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly