Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History / Edition 2

Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History / Edition 2

by Charles E. Curran
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1589011953

ISBN-13: 9781589011953

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Georgetown University Press

In this magisterial volume Charles E. Curran surveys the historical development of Catholic moral theology in the United States from its 19th century roots to the present day. He begins by tracing the development of pre-Vatican II moral theology that, with the exception of social ethics, had the limited purpose of training future confessors to know what actions are

Overview

In this magisterial volume Charles E. Curran surveys the historical development of Catholic moral theology in the United States from its 19th century roots to the present day. He begins by tracing the development of pre-Vatican II moral theology that, with the exception of social ethics, had the limited purpose of training future confessors to know what actions are sinful and the degree of sinfulness.

Curran then explores and illuminates the post-Vatican II era with chapters on the effect of the Council on the scope and substance of moral theology, the impact of Humanae vitae, Pope Paul VI's encyclical condemning artificial contraception, fundamental moral theology, sexuality and marriage, bioethics, and social ethics.

Curran's perspective is unique: For nearly 50 years, he has been a major influence on the development of the field and has witnessed first-hand the dramatic increase in the number and diversity of moral theologians in the academy and the Church. No one is more qualified to write this first and only comprehensive history of Catholic moral theology in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589011953
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Series:
Moral Traditions Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
The Nineteenth Century     1
The Twentieth Century before Vatican II     35
Twentieth-Century Social Ethics before Vatican II     63
The Setting of Moral Theology after Vatican II     83
The Aftermath of Humanae vitae     102
The Aftermath of Vatican II and Other Developments     131
Fundamental Moral Theology     165
Sexuality and Marriage     191
Bioethics     219
Social Ethics     249
Conclusions: Looking Backward and Forward     281
Bibliography     287
About the Author     327
Index     329

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