Oliver O’Donovan in Conversation (O’Donovan, 2013)

The Gospel and Public Life: Cultivating a Faithful Witness in the Face of Challenge On October 8th, 2013, British moral philosopher Oliver O’Donovan visited America’s capital and participated in a dialogue with Ken Myers and Matthew Lee Anderson. Held a few blocks from the Capitol building, the conversation addressed questions and themes of political theology and was loosely centered around O’Donovan’s 1996 book The Desire of the Nations. The event was sponsored by RenewDC, Mere …

Common Objects of Love – Stob Lectures (O’Donovan, 2001)

Common Objects of Love: Moral Reflection and the Shaping of Community “A people, we may say, is a gathered multitude of rational beings united by agreeing to share the things they love.” So Augustine famously challenged the classical definition of a republic articulated by Cicero, replacing an idealist understanding of organized social life with a realist one, which would allow for radical criticism without dissolving the political phenomenon altogether. My purpose in this year’s Stob …