Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century emphasizes that goodness must be actively enacted, not abstractly discussed, that evil is present and must be fought, and that in-depth research into problems provides wisdom to proceed with that battle in the new century. Eleven scholars investigate problematic topics and offer potential guidance about racism, propaganda, marital tensions, educational inequities, college dropouts, elders’ depression, neglect of the disabled, and even peacemaking between faith-based and secular social work agencies as well as Israelis and Palestinians. This collection offers no easy answers to complex problems, but points the way to potentially positive modes of mending the world, and invites readers to share in this challenging task.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2009. X, 254 pp.
Contents: Carole J. Lambert: Introduction – Thomas Allbaugh: When Good Meaning Is Hard to Find: Reading Flannery O’Connor’s
Good Man as a Quest for the Good – Mark A. Eaton: Do the Right Thing: Ernest Gaines’s A Lesson before Dying – Thomas
Parham: Why Do Heathens Make the Best Christian Films? (The Remix) – Kimberly Battle-Walters Denu: For Better or Worse. .
. Is Marriage a Good Thing? Christian Women Give Advice to Singles before They Say «I Do» – Chinaka S. DomNwachukwu: Through
the Eyes of Faith: The Mandate of Teacher Goodness – Karen A. Longman: Maximizing the College Experience: Drawing out the
Best in Students – Beverly Hardcastle Stanford: Through Wise Eyes: Thriving Elder Women’s Perspectives on Thriving in Elder
Adulthood – Kathleen Tangenberg: Spiritual and Moral Dimensions of Faith Related Social Services – Robert Duke: Peacemaking
Left Behind: Can Orthopathy Help Evangelicals Promote Peace? – Kevin S. Reimer: The Transforming Moment: Compassionate Love
and Disability in L’Arche – Why Research «Good» Topics? Statements by the Authors about Why They Chose Their Subjects.