eds. by Dennis McCann and Patrick D. Miller. New York: T & T Clark International, 2005. 360 pp.
This collection focuses on the meaning of the common good and what resources Christian theology, biblical studies, and ethics might contribute to our understanding of it. The rationale for the discussion is ultimately theological. Whether under the formal rubric of "common good" discourse or not, the meaning of a commitment to community and the duties and claims of the individual related to the community have never been more pressing concerns. We must recognize that the thinking about the common good is intrinsic to the very character of Christian faith and the ethos it invokes. The biblical vision is in a most profound way a vision of the common good. Whether expressed in notions of justice and mercy, the care of the weak, covenantal living, or the new Jerusalem, the meaning of being human and living with the neighbor are so intrinsically bound together that there is no escaping involvement in the search for the common good in our time.
Table of Content:
Part I: Biblical Dimensions
Introduction / Jacqueline Lapsley
"That It May Go Well With You": The Commandments and the Common Good / Patrick D. Miller
"When Mercy Seasons Justice": Jonah and the Common Good / Jacqueline Lapsley
Uncommon Love and the Common Good: Christians as Citizens in the Letters of Paul / Victor Paul Furnish
Part II: Classical Voices
Introduction / Jean Porter
The Common Good in Thomas Aquinas / Jean Porter
The Common Good in Catholic Social Teaching: A Case Study in Modernization / Dennis P. Mccann
Public Discourse And Common Good / Robin W. Lovin
Part III: Whose Good? Whose Commons?
Introduction / Josiah Young
It Takes a Community – or at Least an Association / C. Eric Mount Jr.
A Rose by Any Other Name?: Deconstructing the Essence Of "Common" / Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan
"Good Is Knowing When to Stop": Dénucléation and the End Of Privilege / Josiah Young
Common Good in Performance / Milner S. Ball
Part IV: Community, Society, And Politics
Introduction: Community, Society, and Politics / James W. Skillen
"The Common Good" as Political Norm / James W. Skillen
The Common Good, Our Commons Goods, and The Uncommon Good in a Globalizing Era / Max W. Stackhouse
Killing for the Telephone Company: Why the Nation-State Is Not the Keeper of the Common Good / William T. Cavanaugh