Sep 25, 2018



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Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice
IVP Academic
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Contents: Addiction and disease : science, philosophy and theology -- Addiction and incontinence: resources in Aristotle -- Addiction and habit: resources in Aquinas -- Addiction and intemperance: sensory pleasures and moral goods -- Addiction and modernity: the addict as unwitting prophet -- Addiction and sin: testing an ancient doctrine -- Addiction and worship: caritas and its counterfeits -- Addiction and the church: the gospel and the hope of recovery.
Summary: What is addiction? Neither of the current dominant models (disease or choice) adequately accounts for the experience of those who are addicted or of those who are seeking to help them. In this interdisciplinary work, Kent Dunnington brings the neglected resources of philosophical and theological analysis to bear on the problem of addiction. Drawing on the insights of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas, he formulates an alternative to the usual reductionistic models. Furthermore, Dunnington maintains that addiction is not just a problem facing individuals. Its pervasiveness sheds prophetic light on our current cultural context and outlines significant implications for ministry within the local church context. Addiction = idolatry. Our postmodern idolatrous culture fosters all kinds of addictions implicating every person and stunting even many believers' ability to enjoy spiritual freedom in Christ.

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