Dr. Robin Lovin, the Cary M. McGuire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University was on campus February 23 to discuss classic Christian texts and how they can be useful today.

Christian reflection on ethics and politics begins with Augustine’s City of God, a classic text written in a time of change. Augustine thus provides the continuity for our understanding of Christian ethics, but he does that with an acute sense for the fragility of everything in the world of our immediate experience, especially the impermanence of things we think are permanent and the incomprehensibility of the things we think we understand. Being able to make limited choices wisely amid changes and confusion is what Christian ethics is all about, and it is particularly important to be clear about that in times like Augustine’s and like ours, when the prevailing certainties have been called into question.

Professor Lovin is the author of several books, most recently An Introduction to Christian Ethics: Goals, Duties, and Virtues (Abingdon, 2011).

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