Ethics of Everyday Life
Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human
Reviews and Awards
"The complex interactions between ancient and medieval theology and practice, contemporary bioethics and biotechnology, and social anthropology in The Ethics of Everyday Life are simply remarkable...His bibliography alone, not to mention his theological and moral imagination, are a gift to Christian ethicists seeking to befriend social anthropology and think more deeply about the ethics of the everyday. If the possibilities are as salient as Banner s work in bioethics, then may such friendships increase."--Reading Religion
"Michael Banner's work long been known for its theological depth and analytic acuity. Here we have a comprehensive Christian ethics of the "everyday,' inspired by his profound engagement with recent developments in anthropology, enriched by that discipline's empirical attentiveness and sharpened by its rigorous, but (for theologians) under-appreciated, theoretical self-awareness. There is no other account of Christian ethics as freshly illuminating, as intelligently displayed, or as systematically powerful as Banner's. I recommend this book to anyone wishing a more intelligent and perspicacious Christian ethics; they will not be disappointed." --Charles Mathewes, Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
"When moral topics are discussed, we spend too much time fiercely debating controversial questions and too little time reflecting on the meanings of the relations, feelings, institutions and practices which the questions presuppose. That is one of the valuable thoughts pursued in this book. And whether you come to it as a moral philosopher, a moral theologian or a social anthropologist there is much to be learned from Michael Banner's challenging and moving reflections." --Jane Heal, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge.
"This book is an interdisciplinary tour de force. Michael Banner is a first-rate moral philosopher and theologian who has learned to think about the intricacies of social life like a first-rate anthropologist. He has written that rare kind of work that not only can teach you new things about topics you thought you knew well, but can transform the very way you think about them. Anyone interested in socially grounded moral philosophy or in the anthropology of morality or of Christianity should read it as soon as they can." --Joel Robbins, Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge
"We have lots of talk about the morality of particular acts, but little understanding of why we, Christian or not, are drawn to certain patterns of behavior, certain forms of life. Michael Banner's new book, The Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology, and the Imagination of the Human, is a welcome corrective." --Comment