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Being Good

Michael W. Austin and Douglas Geivett, eds. (Eerdmans: Dec. 20, 2011), 296 pages.

In this volume university professors — experts in theology and philosophy — explore what Being Good looks like on a practical level. Coming from a distinctively Christian perspective, the authors all believe that every Christian should try to embody the moral and intellectual virtues that Christ alone perfectly displayed. The chapters — on faith, open-mindedness, wisdom, zeal, hope, contentment, courage, love, compassion, forgiveness, and humility — include several discussion questions. Contributors: Michael W. Austin, Jason Baehr, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, R. Douglas Geivett, David A. Horner, William C. Mattison III, Paul K. Moser, Andrew Pinsent, Steve L. Porter, James S. Spiegel, Charles Taliaferro, David R. Turner.


    • Introduction: Virtues and the Good Life   1


    • Faith    Paul K. Moser    13
    • Open-mindedness   Jason Baehr   30
    • Wisdom   James S. Spiegel   53
    • Zeal   David A. Horner and David R. Turner   72


    • Hope    William C. Mattison III   107
    • Contentment  Steve L. Porter   126
    • Courage   Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung   145


    • Love   Charles Taliaferro   169
    • Compassion   Michael W. Austin   185
    • Forgiveness   R. Douglas Geivett   204
    • Humility   Andrew Pinsent   242
    • Index of Names and Subjects   265
    • Index of Scripture References   281