Fasting Toward the Common Good

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About C. Christopher Smith

C. Christopher Smith lives with his family on the urban Near Eastside of Indianapolis, where they are deeply engaged in the life of their neighborhood. Chris is the editor of The Englewood Review of Books, a print/online review for socially-engaged Christians, and author of five books including most recently The Virtue of Dialogue (Patheos Press 2012). He blogs about his forthcoming book project (with co-author John Pattison) at


  1. a very good article with many practical suggestions…my only comment is that all of these ideals can be utilized by and encouraged for women. I wouldn’t consider any of it unique to men.


  1. [...] of Lent… ERB Editor Chris Smith wrote a new piece on Lent for The Good Men Project, entitled Fasting Toward the Common Good. (Check it out, and if you like it, share it with [...]

  2. [...] and to seeking something more than what we believe is best for ourselves as individuals.…[ Read the full article... ] Our friend Ragan Sutterfield also has a wonderful post on Ash Wednesday and Lent. (You [...]

  3. [...] Church blog has a great article over at The Good Men Project’s spirituality channel on “Fasting Toward the Common Good.” Chris writes,“The end of fasting during Lent is not our own personal good, but rather [...]

  4. [...] Chris Smith on “Fasting Toward the Common Good” [...]

  5. [...] food world does not make this easy for us.  Lent is a season in the church year in which we learn to discipline ourselves, not for our own sake but for that of the common good.  I’m not a very disciplined person; even in my urban naturalism efforts, I am often too busy [...]

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