The Citizen Christian
James Andrews presents an understanding of Christian virtue as attitudes oriented toward problem-solving and service. For too long, he contends, the notion of Christian virtue as a self-perfecting habit has been devalued into narcissistic self-admiration. Too often Christians turned in on themselves to cultivate “perfection” and ignored the needs of their suffering brothers. Such a course can no longer be accepted as in harmony with the example of Jesus or with modern man’s consciousness of human solidarity.
About the Author
In the late 1960s, as managing editor of Ave Maria magazine and The National Catholic Reporter, Andrews began working closely with Yale University student Garry Trudeau and soon after launched the Pulitzer Prize-winning Doonesbury comic strip through Universal Press. A respected, admired, and now-legendary editor, Andrews guided the writing of notable creators including Garry Wills, Dear Abby, Barry Lopez, Cathy Guisewite, Andrew Greeley, Tom Wilson, and Pat Oliphant, among others. He was active in a number of professional organizations, including the National Comics Council, the National Cartoonists Society, the Sigma Delta Chi journalism society, and the Kansas City Press Club, and was recognized by the National Conference of Christians and Jews in 1967.
He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and is the father of Hugh Andrews (now chief executive officer and president of Andrews McMeel Publishing and vice chairman of Andrews McMeel Universal), and Jim Andrews (vice president of licensing for Andrews McMeel Publishing).
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