Things That Count: Essays Moral and Theological

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How should we live? What kind of people should we be? What meaning is there in our day-to-day existence? What are the truly important things? We live in turbulent times. Torrents of information, fractured families, and politically correct rhetoric color our understanding of ourselves, each other, and the world. We are sorely in need of moral compasses. In his timely and provocative work, Things That Count, ethicist and theologian Gilbert Meilaender provides us with just such a guide.
Whether explicating When Harry Met Sally or John Updike's fiction, meditating on the works of C. S. Lewis or St. Augustine, or presenting a different look at such controversial issues as cloning and homosexuality, Meilaender provides an ethic that ignores neither our humanity nor our thirst for rectitude.

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"Gilbert Meilaender, a pillar of common sense and uncommon wisdom, finds in the many surfaces of everyday life the deepest truths of the human condition. His essays are wonderfully thoughtful, well argued, and gracefully written. One learns something important from him on almost every page about marriage, parenthood, friendship, politics, and man's relation to the divine. No one writing today about these matters does it better."-Leon R. Kass, Addie Clark Harding Professor, The Committee on Social Thought, The University of Chicago. "In the writing of Gilbert Meilaender moral wisdom is joined to stylistic grace, and perennial truths are renewed in engagement with contemporary concerns. There is nobody writing on ethics today whose work is more consistently rewarding."-Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, editor, First Things "These elegant essays provide and outline of sanity for some of the most perplexing ethical issues of our time. Meileander's arguments, solidly grounded in Christian ethics, are a welcome antidote to our society's ethical and legal freefall."-Andrew Kimbrell, author, The Human Body Shop: The Engineering and Marketing of Life "Gilbert Meilaender is one of the truly gifted essayists writing on religious and moral subjects today. Whether he's explaining the meanings of marriage and parenthood, addressing the importance of having a place in one's life and knowing what to do with one's possessions, or is picking up anew the work of one of the masters of Christian theology and literature, Meilaender enters into his subject matter with grace and great insight. This gathering of essays, written over the space of twenty years, is really quite special."-Vigen Guroian, author, Tending the Heart of Virtue and Inheriting Paradise

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Gilbert Meilaender is the Board of Directors Professor of Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University.

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