Designed for Good: Recovering the Idea, Language, and Practice of Virtue
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In this Christian take on classical virtue ethics, Kevin J. Brown invites us to explore what it means to live the virtuous life--and why that is so important. Today the word virtue can sound legalistic or old-fashioned, but in the past it was used to describe the fullness of human excellence in accordance with God's design. This book seeks to recapture that definition, weaving in modern-day examples from economics, politics, and pop culture to create a relevant framework that relates faith to contemporary ethical questions.

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Title: Designed for Good: Recovering the Idea, Language, and Practice of Virtue
By: Kevin J. Brown
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 10 ounces
ISBN: 1619708485
ISBN-13: 9781619708488
Stock No: WW708488

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Kevin J. Brown's Designed for Good is a study of classical virtue
ethics from a Christian perspective. This book shows Christians
that their faith contains resources to help them recover the
idea of virtue in the face of our modern moral bewilderment.

Although we may not realize it, we live in a world that is full of
competing ethical systems. Appeals to rights, personal freedom,
or even equality often come with their own "meta-values." Each
of these values has something in common with the Christian
message, but none of them tells the whole story.

In this Christian take on classical virtue ethics, Brown weaves in
modern-day examples from economics, politics, and pop culture
to create a relevant framework that relates faith to contemporary
ethical questions. Brown argues that true virtue--the kind we can
actually strive for in our day-to-day lives--requires a holistic vision
of the good life, not a list of rules determined by our preferences
or the latest market trends. Instead, it is precisely what we were
designed for by our Creator: life in the community of Christ's body,
the church. Virtue then becomes the pursuit of wholeness in
harmony with God's design.

Brown introduces the problem of modern ethics and analyzes
common "meta-values" that readers will likely have encountered in
their workplaces, schools, and possibly even churches. Readers will
especially resonate with the second half of the book, where Brown
outlines the foundations of the holistic, Christian concept of virtue:
"to act justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God."

Author Bio

Kevin Brown is an associate professor of business at Asbury University
and also serves as the lead editor of the Christian Business Academy
. His formal education spans the areas of theology, philosophy,
and economics--and his writing seeks to explore the interplay between
these fields. He resides with his wife and children in Wilmore, Kentucky.


"Brown has written a thoughtful, valuable, and approachable book. With the air of a conversation between Tim Keller and Aristotle, he invites the reader to think carefully about character and goodness. His refreshing prose and helpful examples offer clarity about morality, a topic that is increasingly fractured and incomprehensible."
- Steve McMullen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics, Hope College

"What is the good? Is it something that is personally defined and of no one else's concern? Today in an age that often believes there are no givens, there are no rules and there are no limits as Os Guinness describes it, Kevin Brown has written a timely book to both raise and answer the question of what does it mean to BE good not just do good. In a very skillful but practical journey through the history and thought in this area, Kevin gives an impressive argument and much practical wisdom to help us reflect and decide what true virtue is and requires. Having personally been asked many questions on ethical dilemmas and lifestyle concerns, and having witnessed a growing confusion and unclarity in many Christian circles on how to make moral judgments, I think this is a great resource, filled with biblical and practical wisdom that offers good discussion points for helping students, church groups, campus leaders and those in the press of a changing culture to raise and engage in serious moral reflection and action. I highly commend this work."
- Dr. Stuart McAllister, global support Specialist, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

"As a pastor, I've come to discover that there are two fundamental questions that tend to drive us - "Am I valuable? What Am I To Do With My Life?" They boil down to identity and calling. In "Designed for Good" Kevin Brown illuminates the answers to both of these driving questions by giving us language to articulate our purpose, aim, and design. But what's brilliant about "The Good" is that we aren't allowed to place these lofty ideals on a shelf, as if they were simply relics to be looked at and admired. Rather, Brown pushes us to consider how virtues can only be valuable in so far as they are lived out in our lives. I can't think of a more relevant concept to be explored right now."
- Jason Mitchell, pastor for LCBC church

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