Michael Sean Winters of NCR recently wrote a review of The Vision of Catholic Social Thought: The Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights, Millennial writer Meghan Clark’s new book. He writes:
The most important contribution of this book, however, is Clark’s examination of the philosophical and theological anthropology that undergirds Catholic social teaching. In the face of conservative critics who question the value or binding nature of the church’s teachings on social justice, Clark demonstrates that these teachings are founded on the very same principles that ground the church’s teachings on human sexuality and the dignity of human life.
The human person is created in the image of God, but for the Christian, that God is Trinitarian. So, the imago dei is an imago trinitas. Human moral excellence, conceived as a private, personal, individualized achievement is not enough. The church teaches, and the Catholic is called, to imagine and work for a society in which the bonds of solidarity take as their standard the endless, ineffable self-giving love that is the Holy Trinity.
The full review can be read here.