God and Goodness

Stanley Hauerwas

in In Search of Goodness

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780226306834
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226306858 | DOI:
God and Goodness

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This chapter, which evaluates the relation between God and goodness beginning with Jesus's puzzling response to a young man who asks what good deed he must do to gain eternal life (Matthew 19:16–22), argues that goodness requires not good deeds as such, but a capacity for noncondescending love and friendship with the afflicted. Raimond Gaita's account of goodness deceives the impact of several thinkers. Gaita presents examples that display the pressure to claim that a good person cannot be harmed. The chapter then introduces another life that shows the kind of love Gaita thinks so defining of goodness. Jean Vanier was the founder of the movement known as L'Arche (“the ark”), who reported that when he read the gospels he was always moved by how Jesus lived and acted. It is noted that to learn to follow Jesus is the training necessary to become a human being.

Keywords: goodness; God; Jesus; love; friendship; Raimond Gaita; Jean Vanier; gospels; L'Arche

Chapter.  8510 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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