An Essay on Faith, Hope, and Love, an English translation of Une voie infiniment suprieure: Essai sur la foi, lesprance et lamour by Christophe Chalamet
Virtues have lived to see a major a comeback in theological and ethical reflection over the past decades. Christophe Chalamet seeks out the way in which the three theological virtues of faith, hope and love are grounded in the Trinitarian relations of God`s faithfulness, justice, and love. Drawing ecumenically on a multiplicity of voices from Paul`s letters and the Song of Songs, from Origin and Irenaeus, Augustine and Aquinas, Luther and Calvin, Schleiermacher and Barth, Hauerwas and Coakley, Chalamet invites us to consider our own reality from the reality of the divine relations and to embrace faith, hope and love as triadicdifferentiated yet intertwinedhuman response to divine virtue. He leads us on a journey that travels in proximity and contrast to secular virtues, but is provoked and sustained by the gospel and the sacraments. An excellent meditation that is both spiritually edifying and intellectually nourishing. -- Hanna Reichel, Princeton Theological Seminary Christophe Chalamets book shows his talent as he both carefully and fruitfully uses the tradition for a theology for our time. In searching for the meaning of faith, hope, and love as human responses to God, it presents a realistic reading of biblical texts and a creative conversation with different branches of Christian thinking. Chalamet does this with a great sensibility for the current crisis of the Christian tradition, convinced as he is that this tradition, rightly understood, can still be meaningful for us today. -- Christiane Tietz, University of Zurich In this delightful meditation, Christophe Chalamet guides us to think through the traditional theological virtues in a way that is meaningful in and responsible to the present day. Rooted in the Scriptures, shaped by the tradition, and attentive to the world, his measured reflections offer the attentive reader a careful balance of insight, comfort, and challenge as resource for the Christian life. -- Paul T. Nimmo, University of Aberdeen
Christophe Chalamet teaches systematic theology at the University of Geneva.
1. A Most Excellent Way 2. Faith 3. Hope: Its Ground and Horizon 4. The Greatest of These