How Should We Then Live?

“Christ’s ethical teaching consisted mainly of a series of ridiculously extreme and at times incompatible imperatives – don’t work, don’t own anything, carefully cultivate all your talents, never resist, be deliberately feckless, make a long-term investment in the eternally lasting, take the law violently into your own hands in the face of abuses of its spirit, be ruthlessly cunning, be naively innocent, return to childhood, be wiser than all your ancestors, and so on and so forth. As Chesterton further suggested, Christian ethics therefore seems to involve a redefinition of the Aristotelian mean less as a half-and-half balance between different qualities of action and as, rather, a seemingly impossible ‘both at once.’”

-John Milbank in The Monstrosity of Christ