In recent American politics, the term OmoralityO has come to be used in a way almost entirely restricted to private family and sexual issues, leaving aside responsibility for immensely consequential decisions about initiating wars, oppressive policies, regressive tax structures, and disregard of the United Nations and international law. Public Dimensions of a BelieverOs Life is about human responsibility in public life and the moral and spiritual factors involved in exercising that responsibility. Monika Hellwig explores the decisions people have to make in human affairs at all levels of social organization, the values that guide these decisions, and the way those values are often apparently in conflict with one another. By looking at major moral issues in the political decisions, actions and failures to act, of the twentieth century in the light of the tradition of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance), HellwigOs work explores the moral implications of the political life in our own times.
Monika K. Hellwig is a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown Univerisity and past president of the Associateion of Catholic Colleges and Universities. She is an international lecturer and prominent voice in religion, education, and the public square.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Tensions in the Dynamic of the Redemption Chapter 2 Conformity and Critical Dissent Chapter 3 Obedience and Discernment Chapter 4 Humility and the Uses of Power Chapter 5 Loyalty and the Demands of Truth Chapter 6 Absolutes and Compromises Chapter 7 Law and Justice Chapter 8 Patriotism and Discipleship Chapter 9 Fairness and Compassion Chapter 10 Family and Social Responsibility Chapter 11 Ambition and Contemplation Chapter 12 Tradition and Change Chapter 13 Institution and Community. Chapter 14 Conclusion: The Cardinal Virtues in Christian Life