The Catholic University of America

 Dr. David Elliot has Published a New Book

Hope and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, August 2017).


As social, civic and global anxieties mount, the need to overcome despair has become urgent. Elliot’s book proposes the theological virtue of hope as a source of rejuvenation. Hope sustains us from the sloth, presumption and despair that threaten amid injustice, tragedy and dying; it provides an ultimate meaning and transcendent purpose to our lives; and it rejoices and refreshes us 'on the way' with the prospect of eternal beatitude. Rather than degrading this life and world, hope ordains earthly goods to our eternal end, forming us to pursue justice with a resilience that transcends cynicism and disillusionment. Drawing on St. Thomas Aquinas and virtue ethics, the book shows how the virtue of hope contributes to human happiness in this life and not just the next.