Sarah Bachelard's Resurrection and Moral Imagination presents an intelligent, sophisticated, elegant, balanced, and hopeful view of the human condition and our place in the world.The central point of inquiry explores how the Resurrection of Christ affects our moral lives by transforming our imaginative sense of the possibilities of life.
This volume is exceptionally well written, exquisitely researched, and deeply faith-filled.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in theology, spirituality, philosophy, morality, or ethics. Additionally, this volume would serve as an excellent primary text for undergraduate or graduate coursework.
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Moral life gathers its shape, force and meaning in relation to an underlying sense of reality, imaginatively conceived. Significant contemporary writing in philosophy appeals to the concept of ’transcendence’ to explore what is deepest in our moral experience, but leaves this notion theologically unspecified. This book reflects on the appeal to transcendence in ethics with reference to the Resurrection of Jesus. Bachelard argues that the Resurrection reveals that the ultimate reality in which human life is held is gracious, forgiving and reconciling, a Goodness that is ’for us’. Faith in this testimony transforms the possibilities of moral life, both conceptually and in practice. It invites our participation in a goodness experienced non-dualistically as grace, and so profoundly affects the formation of the moral self, the practice of moral judgement and the shape of moral concepts. From this perspective, contemporary philosophical discussion about 'transcendence' in moral thought is cast in a new light, and debates about the continuity between theological and secular ethics gain a thoroughly new dimension. Bachelard demonstrates that placing the Resurrection at the heart of our ethical reflection resonates with the deepest currents of our lived moral experience and transfigures our approach to moral life and thought.