Friendship and the Moral Life

Feast of St Melania the Younger, Nun of Rome

Wadell__Frienship_and_Moral_Life_Square.jpgAN ELOQUENT argument for the centrality—not just importance—of friendship in human life, moral life, and Christian life. Wadell’s reading of the Nichomachean Ethics highlights friendship as the key to understanding Aristotle’s rich vision of eudaimonia, the good life; and his subsequent investigations in the Christian tradition lead him to expound friendship as a “school of love,” entirely consistent with agape, and to refute the arguments of theologians such as Nygren and Kierkegaard that friendship’s preferential nature places it outside the realm of distinctly Christian love. On the contrary (and here setting forth Augustine), friendship between human beings, though like all things mortal insufficient in itself, can become an icon—if divine things are placed at its center—an icon of a relationship with God in which we are called His friends and dare to call Him friend.

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