Family ethics : practices for Christians / Julie Hanlon Rubio.

How can ordinary Christians find moral guidance for the mundane dilemmas they confront in their daily lives? To answer this question, Julie Hanlon Rubio brings together a rich Catholic theology of marriage and a strong commitment to social justice to focus on the place where the ethics of ordinary l...

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Main Author: Rubio, Julie Hanlon
Format: eBook
Published: Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2010.
Series:Moral traditions series.
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Table of Contents:
  • Introduction : why be concerned with the ordinary?
  • Part I. Resources from the Catholic tradition
  • Chapter one. A Catholic theological understanding of marriage
  • Cultural understandings of marriage
  • Liturgy : the personal and social dimensions of Christian marriage
  • Scripture and the social import of family life
  • Marriage as sacrament : beyond relationship to communion
  • Conclusion : family as primary Christian community
  • Chapter two. Between the personal and the political : families as agents of social change
  • Early documents and movements : 1891-1931
  • Early American Episcopal documents and Catholic Action Groups : 1919-1965
  • Contemporary reflections : changing hearts and structures
  • Conclusion : Families and social change
  • Chapter three. Grace, sin, and holy families
  • The limits of a theology of ideals
  • O'Connor's gift to theology
  • Seeing : acknowledging the importance and difficulty of faith
  • Sin and finitude
  • Grace, sin, and finitude in Christian marriage
  • Sin, grace, and solidarity
  • Conclusion : beginning with imperfection, moving toward solidarity
  • Part II. Practices
  • Chapter four. Practicing sexual fidelity
  • Why practices?
  • Sexual ethics : moving beyond controversy
  • Sex, fidelity, and infidelity : the situation
  • Sex as practice : seeking the good
  • Conclusion : from intimacy to community
  • Chapter five. The practice of eating : love, justice, and mercy
  • Family meals in the twenty-first century
  • Eucharist : communion and calling
  • Eating with/as sinners : practicing mercy at the table
  • Love and justice at the table : practices within a practice
  • Conclusion : the priority of mercy
  • Chapter six. How much is enough? : the practice of tithing
  • Are we rich yet?
  • Foundations : Hebrew and Christian Scriptures
  • Christian tradition on wealth and charity
  • Application : tithing in a contemporary Christian context
  • Conclusion : why tithing matters
  • Chapter seven. Serving : re-imagining a central practice of middle-class family life
  • Contemporary Catholic family life : a rough sketch
  • Pre-Vatican II American parishes
  • The changing shape of parish life
  • Reshaping parish life to support Christian families
  • Service as family practice
  • Conclusion : community, practice, and service
  • Chapter eight. Family prayer as practice of resistance
  • Prayer : beyond platitudes
  • A brief history of Christian thought on parental religious duties
  • Interfaith families as models
  • Praying as church in contemporary families
  • Conclusion : practices of resistance as ordinary morality.