Christian Ethics in the Wild

Myles Werntz
Exploring the Christian moral life, learned and lived.
Created 24 Jun 2021
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  • The Patience of Action, Pt. 2
    14 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    For the foreseeable future, I’ll be publishing once a week, on Thursdays, with the occasional extra post. The semester is bearing down. In the previous newsletter, we talked about the distinction betw...
  • The Patience of Action
    07 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    In a previous newsletter, we looked at a picture making the rounds on social media, of a Hatian refugee being driven back from Del Rio by the Texas Border guard on horseback, reins flying. One of the ...
  • Embedded in the World: Church Ethics 101
    01 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Apologies for the late newsletter: it’s been that kind of week. Next Spring, I have two books coming out, which you can pre-order here and here. I’m working through the proofs (the last of the last st...
  • "The Image of God": A Burdened Concept
    27 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    The first half of each semester I teach Introduction to Christian Ethics, all we do is build a moral vocabulary. I do this, not because there aren’t an infinite number of material questions that I wan...
  • The Iconography of Violence
    23 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    The picture below has been making the rounds as of late, and to be honest, the first thing I thought of when I saw it was exactly what the picture was intended to conjure up: the history of Texas in t...
  • Friendship and the Good Life
    20 Sep 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Most contemporary discussions of ethics in public assume one of two modes of reasoning: 1) the right thing to do is something we’ve been commanded to do, or 2) the right thing to do is what gives us t...
  • Memory and Disappointment
    16 Sep 2021 • 4 min read
    In the last installment, we looked a bit at the mantra of “never forget”, and how, I think, this leads to problems, for when we remember in a simple fashion, we are never able to disentangle that whic...
  • What Do We Do With Memory?
    12 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    This weekend marked the 20th anniversary of the attacks on New York City, orchestrated by Osama Bin Laden, himself dead for ten years. While not an official holiday, it has all the earmarks of one, wi...
  • Empathy and Arguments: Building Something Out of Not Much
    09 Sep 2021 • 3 min read
    If you read much Christian commentary online, you may know that R.R. Reno is no stranger to controversy, particularly during this pandemic. If you’re not familiar with Reno, he’s the Editor-in-Chief o...
  • The State of Love and Trust is Mostly a Failed State
    06 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    Last week, we looked a good bit at empathy and why it has fallen off a cliff. But the decline in empathy—the ability to “be in the shoes of another”—goes hand in hand not only with the experience of b...
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