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Things that count : essays moral and theological
Meilaender, Gilbert, 1946-
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Wilmington, DE : ISI Books, [2000]

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393 pages ; 24 cm
Reading Level:
1280 Lexile.
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Penned by a leading ethicist, this book is about first things--the bond of a man and a woman in marriage, sexuality, parents and children, politics and its limits, the place of suffering in our lives, friendship, God, and the beauties of everyday life.

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The titles of the four sections of Meilaender's essay collection state what the things that count for him are: "Men and Women," "Parents and Children," "Place and Possessions," and "Books." Overarching all of these large, general things for the Lutheran theologian, however, is a relationship with God, in the light of which he illuminates matters--such as friendship between men and women, homosexuality, marriage, the impact of abortion on parenthood, cloning, our ambivalence toward belongings, and the dependence of the aged on their children--on which it is possible, and he would say desirable, to set moral norms. Well trained in logical analysis and able to keep his diction precise and quite common, he writes philosophy that is as accessible and profound, besides as religiously informed, as G. K. Chesterton's great journalism of ideas early in this century. A solidly orthodox Christian, Meilaender insists on the inextricability of the spirit and the body, most manifest in the personhood of Christ (the Incarnation), which enjoins us to conform our ways of living to virtuous standards. --Ray Olson

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
Creditsp. 3
Part 1 Men and Womenp. 5
1 Friendship Between Men and Womenp. 7
2 Touched by the Eternalp. 25
3 Marriage in Counterpoint and Harmonyp. 37
4 Homosexuality in Christian Perspectivep. 59
Part 2 Parents and Childrenp. 77
5 I Want to Burden My Loved Onesp. 79
6 The Meaning of the Presence of Childrenp. 85
7 Cloning and Begettingp. 101
8 Abortion and the Meaning of Parenthoodp. 111
Part 3 Place and Possessionsp. 121
9 C. S. Lewis and a Theology of the Everydayp. 123
10 On Bringing One's Life to a Pointp. 145
11 Creatures of Time and Placep. 159
12 To Throw Oneself into the Wave: the Problem of Possessionsp. 181
Part 4 Booksp. 201
13 Welcoming the Homage of the Kingsp. 203
14 The Eclipse of Fatherhoodp. 225
15 A View from Somewherep. 241
16 The Limits of Tolerancep. 255
17 Being Modernp. 263
18 John Paul II Meets John Wesleyp. 275
19 The Lure and Danger of Friendshipp. 285
20 Stoic or Christian?p. 297
21 Psychoanalyzing C. S. Lewisp. 317
22 C. S. Lewis Reconsideredp. 331
23 (re)reading Augustine's Confessionsp. 355
Notesp. 359
Indexp. 373