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The Law of Love

From Autonomy to Communion

With an interdisciplinary combination of philosophy, theology, and family law, The Law of Love explores the impact of secular conceptions of autonomy on sexuality and family. Drawing from the thought of Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, and the modern theologian Servais Pinckaers, Stephen F. Brett argues that the divorce of freedom from virtue has caused cultural relativism, and that a potent and healthy mix of temperance, chastity, and modesty is the antidote. Styled accessibly and quite cleverly with a broader audience in mind, The Law of Love will appeal to intellectuals of all faiths who are interested in facing the ambiguities and problems of contemporary life in a secularized society.

195 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2010

Religion: Comparative Studies and History of Religion

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Table of Contents


One: An Ideal and a Revolution
Two: Autonomy and Marriage, Strange Bedfellows
Three: Autonomy Becomes Privacy in the Courts
Four: The Recovery of Virtue: From Autonomy to Theonomy
Five: Transcendence and Transformation


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