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|Title: Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice|
By: Kent J. Dunnington
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Series: Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology
Stock No: WW839010
What is the nature of addiction? Neither of the two dominant models (disease or choice) adequately accounts for the experience of those who are addicted or of those who are seeking to help them. In this interdisciplinary work, Kent Dunnington brings the neglected resources of philosophical and theological analysis to bear on the problem of addiction. Drawing on the insights of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, he formulates an alternative to the usual reductionistic models. Going further, Dunnington maintains that addiction is not just a problem facing individuals. Its pervasiveness sheds prophetic light on our cultural moment. Moving beyond issues of individual treatment, this groundbreaking study also outlines significant implications for ministry within the local church context.
"This would be a good read for those of you who want to explore more deeply the true nature of addiction, are unhappy with the disease or choice models as explanations, and, in the face of the limiations of the recovery movement, want to be encouraged by the veritable contributions of Christianity."-- Linda S. Parker, Dharma Deepika, July-December 2012
" Addiction and Virtue sets the stage for a new scene in the church, where she is no longer dulled and distracted by a secular vision of happiness, but is a vibrant, attractive, and welcoming community of 'repentant sinners.'"-- Paul Warhurst, Themelios 37.1
"Dunnington's work neither demonizes the addicted person nor excuses the abuse of alcohol and drugs. But it points the way toward compassion for the individual, transformation of the culture (including the church), and recovery through the fullness of the Christian gospel."-- Amy Julia Becker, Christianity Today, September 2011
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