From Library Journal
Hare (Calvin Coll.; The Moral Gap) has written an apologetic for Christian morality, arguing that a theological background is necessary for morality in general to make sense. He further asserts that we need "moral" faith and that, through Christ's work in atonement, justification, and sanctification, we can be transformed and happy without compromising the attempt to be morally good. Though the book is intended for a general audience, it is not always clear whom Hare is addressing. He makes too many assumptions, some of which are either not germane to Christians or are unacceptable to others. For example, he assumes a universal morality in the Ten Commandments and in the great commandment to love God and neighbor, but he also argues from Kant, whose "practical reason" is considered to be empty hope by some Christian philosophers and inconsistent with historical and revealed Christian beliefs. In addition, while the book is well organized, it is poorly written, and the examples Hare offers don't always work. Not recommended. George Westerlund, Palmyra, VA
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About the Author
John E. Hare is Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale University. His books include "The Moral Gap" (1996), "God's Call" (2001), and "Why Bother Being Good? "(2002). He has also written on Greek philosophy, international relations, Kant, evolutionary ethics, and biomedical ethics.
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