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Christian Ethics: An Introductory Reader

Edited by Sam Wells
Dean of Duke Chapel
Research Professor of Christian Ethics
John Wiley & Sons, 2010,
360 pages, paper, $44.95

This volume seeks to encompass the entire canon of Christian ethics, including works by Augustine, Aquinas, and Luther; contemporary theorists including Jürgen Moltmann, Stanley Hauerwas, and Wendell Berry; and other key figures including Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia

by Lauren Winner
Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality
Yale University Press, 2010, 288 pages, hardcover, $45.00

In this enlightening examination of the physical objects found  in elite Virginia households of the 18th century, Lauren Winner discovers what they  can  tell us about their owners’ lives and religious practices. Her survey includes punch bowls, needlework, mourning jewelry, baptismal gowns, biscuit molds, cookbooks, and many other items, illuminating the ways Anglicanism influenced daily activities and attitudes in colonial Virginia, particularly in the households of the gentry.

Unsettling Arguments: A Festschrift on the Occasion of Stanley Hauerwas’s 70th Birthday

Edited by Charles R. Pinches, Kelly S. Johnson,
Charles M. Collier
Cascade Books, 2010, 374 pages, paper, $41.00

This “particularly feisty festschrift” includes both admiration and thanks, but also critique. “Those concerned that Hauerwas’s talk of tradition, community, and virtue encourages slavish emulation of authorities will find little evidence of that here. Rather, what we find is appreciation mixed with complaint, confidence leavened with doubt, and loyalty expressed in conversation.” John Bowlin, Princeton Theological Seminary