Saints and Virtues
John Stratton Hawley
University of California Press, 1987 - Religion - 256 pages
This book explores a far-flung family of saints--those celebrated not just by Christianity but by other religious traditions of the world: Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist, Confucian, African, And Caribbean. The contributors of these dozen essays address this worldwide spectrum of 'Lives of the Saints' with a particular eye to discerning how saints serve as moral exemplars in the communities that venerate them. On the whole, they discover a persistent tension between what counts as morality in the ordinary world and what makes a saint saintly; many intriguing family resemblances between saints of different traditions also appear.
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