Notre Dame Studies in Ethics and Culture

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Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision
Edited by James L. Heft, S.M., and Kevin Hallinan

Engineering Education and Practice: Embracing a Catholic Vision is a collection of essays exploring how major themes of Catholic social teaching—respect for the environment, sustainability, technological design, and service to the poor—all positively affect engineering curricula, students, and faculty. Many engineering programs at American universities focus solely on developing technological sophistication without promoting ethical and humanitarian priorities. The contributors to this collection argue, however, that undergraduate engineering education needs to be broadened beyond its current narrow restrictions.

The authors of this unique collection, nearly all of whom are engineers themselves, show how some Christian universities in the United States have found creative ways of opening up their engineering curricula. They demonstrate how the professional education of engineers can be enriched not only by ethical and religious themes, which are typically isolated in humanities curricula, but also by special fieldwork courses that offer hands-on, service-learning opportunities and embody a rich educational synthesis.

James L. Heft, S.M., is the Alton Brooks Professor of Religion and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

Kevin Hallinan is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the University of Dayton.


One Body: An Essay in Christian Sexual Ethics
Alexander R. Pruss

In this important philosophical reflection on love and sexuality, Alexander R. Pruss explores the nature of romantic love and how it relates to controversial questions in sexual ethics.

One Body begins with an account, inspired by St. Thomas Aquinas, of the general nature of love as constituted by components of goodwill, appreciation, and unitiveness. Different forms of love, such as parental, collegial, filial, friendly, fraternal, or romantic, Pruss argues, differ primarily not in terms of goodwill or appreciation but in terms of the kind of union that is sought. Pruss examines romantic love as distinguished from other kinds of love by a focus on a particular kind of union, a deep union as one body achieved through the joint biological striving of the sort involved in reproduction. Taking the account of the union that romantic love seeks as a foundation, the book considers the nature of marriage and applies its account to controversial ethical questions, such as the connection between love, sex, and commitment and the moral issues involving contraception, same-sex activity, and reproductive technology. With philosophical rigor and sophistication, Pruss provides carefully argued answers to controversial questions in Christian sexual ethics.

Alexander R. Pruss is associate professor of philosophy at Baylor University. He is the author and co-editor of a number of books, including The Principle of Sufficient Reason: A Reassessment.

“This is a terrific—really quite extraordinary—work of scholarship. It is quite simply the best work on Christian sexual ethics that I have seen. It will become the text that anyone who ventures into the field will have to grapple with—a kind of touchstone. Moreover, it is filled with arguments with which even secular writers on sexual morality will have to engage and come to terms.” — Robert P. George, Princeton University


Transformations in Biblical Literary Traditions: Incarnation, Narrative, and Ethics: Essays in Honor of David Lyle Jeffrey
Edited by D. H. Williams and Phillip J. Donnelly

For more than four decades, David Lyle Jeffrey has enriched the world of Christian scholarship. Throughout his work, Jeffrey has drawn attention to the ways in which imaginative engagements with biblical texts have been central to major shifts in Christian and post-Christian hermeneutics, ethics, and aesthetics. The purpose of this volume is to challenge and deepen that growing discourse by showing how English literature across varied traditions unfolds a central Christian interaction between divine Incarnation, invented narrative, and ethical praxis. In their essays, the authors demonstrate how an imaginative engagement with biblical narratives, in historical or contemporary writing, continues to provide a fruitful means to address the intellectual and ethical antinomies of the postmodern scene.

The articles in this collection form two groups: The first set of essays focuses on specific episodes or moments of historical change within European biblical literary traditions; the second group focuses on the dissemination of biblical literary engagements in areas outside of European contexts, ranging from North America to South Africa to China. Unique in the wide range of topics it covers—itself a reflection of Jeffrey’s own broad scope of scholarship—the collection functions as a working example of Jeffrey’s thesis that the biblical tradition has a far-reaching influence on the development of Western literature, even by those who are reluctant to acknowledge its present influence.

D. H. Williams is a professor of religion in patristics and historical theology at Baylor University.

Phillip J. Donnelly is director and associate professor of literature in the Great Texts Program at Baylor University.

Contributors: Theresa Coletti, Dennis Danielson, Phillip J. Donnelly, John V. Fleming, Liu Yi-Qing, Gregory Maillet, Dominic Manganiello, K. Sarah-Jane Murray, Mark A. Noll, Stephen Prickett, Eleonore Stump, Tyler F. Walton, D. H. Williams, Ralph C. Wood, and Yang Huilin.