Daily Post #4

Aristotle on friendship: “an absolute necessity in life. No one would choose to live without friends, even if he had all the other goods” (Book VIII, Nicomachean Ethics). He goes on to say that there are three kinds, none of which are intrinsically evil: (1) based on utility, (2) based on pleasure, (3) based on virtue (other-centered)

C.S. Lewis on friendship: “Friendship (as the ancients saw) can be a school of virtue; but also (as they did not see) a school of vice. it is ambivalent. It makes good men better and bad men worse” (The Four Loves). Of course, substitute “people” for “men,” for this obviously applies to all.

After my post yesterday concerning the SBC report on sexual abuse and the manipulation and cover-up by those in power, I am enjoying Stanley Hauerwas’ book: A Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. While I don’t agree with everything in it, he focuses on the value of story, virtue, character, the local church, and the nonviolence of Jesus Christ for Christian ethics. Nonviolence can take on many different forms in different contexts. Christians are servants, adjectives and not nouns (C.S. Lewis makes this point), called to serve and not grasp for power (Hauerwas). Also, I found Hauerwas’s autobiography Hannah’s Child delightful.

Published by B.J. Condrey, PhD

Dr. Condrey holds a Bachelor of Arts in both Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Missouri-KC, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Ethics & Practical Theology from the University of Edinburgh. He is ACSI certified. Dr. Condrey writes courses and teaches Psychology, Bible, and C.S. Lewis at Enlightium Academy, where he began working in 2016. He has served as a youth, young adult, and small group pastor in the local church, and currently teaches Ethics at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has a book published by Wipf & Stock (Breaking Ground) along with other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing, spending time with his family, traveling, trout fishing, family hikes, and drinking coffee! He is passionate about helping young people construct a biblical worldview so that their faith involves both the mind and heart. He has been married since 2009 and has two children.

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