Oliver O'Donovan's Ethics as Theology project began with Self, World, and Time
, an "induction" into Christian ethics as ordered reflection on moral thinking within the life of faith. Volume 2, Finding and Seeking
, shifted the focus to the movement of moral thought from a first consciousness of agency to the time that determines the moment of decision.
In this third and final volume of his magnum opus, O'Donovan turns his attention to the forward horizon with which moral thinking must engage. Moral experience, he argues, is necessarily two-directional, looking both back at responsibility and forward at aims. The Pauline triad of theological virtues (faith, love, and hope) describes a form of responsibility, and its climax in the sovereignty of love opens the way to a definitive teleology.Entering into Rest
offers O'Donovan's mature reflections on questions that have engaged him throughout his career and provides a synoptic view of many of his main themes.
— University of Cambridge
"Oliver O'Donovan here completes his magisterial trilogy on theological ethics with an invitation to consider what it would be to 'fall away in God's glory,' to 'learn love anew' at the end of time. Intense, complex, and closely argued, this deceptively short volume on love recapitulates many of the neo-Augustinian themes of O'Donovan's earlier writing, but with a directness and brilliance that are utterly compelling."
— Princeton University
"Learned, stylish, and wise, this climactic volume of O'Donovan's trilogy on ethics as theology is the work of a master craftsman. Entering into Rest makes Christian ethics exciting and surprising again; and, more importantly, by stretching categories of religious and secular thought with eschatological horizons, it has something constructive to say to our spiritual and intellectual lives and the communities that sustain them."
— Duke Divinity School
"A profound meditation on the nature and form of moral action with and for others in which theology is no mere adornment; rather, it is the bone and sinew of the position developed. This book forms the capstone of O'Donovan's theological ethics and concludes what is a remarkable testimony not just to his erudition and insight but also to his desire that the church be sanctified so that it might inhabit and bear witness to a faithful, hopeful, and loving way of being alive."
— Regent College
"Entering into Rest blows the dust off the word 'devotion.' Devotion, explains O'Donovan, is about uniting knowledge and energy in the supremacy of love. To explore what this means for the duties and ends of ethics, O'Donovan takes us back, yet again, to the Christian Scriptures—always in profound dialogue with the wisdom of the centuries, drawn from philosophers and theologians, from novelists and poets. Itself the mature fruit of devotion, this book is a profound encouragement on our pilgrimage to the God of love."