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 life are played
out: the family.
Sex, money, eating, spirituality, and service. According to Rubio,
all are areas for practical application of an ethics of the family.
In each area, intentional practices can function as acts of
resistance to a cultural and middle-class conformity that promotes
materialism over relationships. These practices forge deep
connections within the family and help families live out their
calling to be in solidarity with others and participate in social
change from below. It is through these everyday moral choices that
most Christians can live out their faith-and contribute to progress
in the world.
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