Catholic Social Teaching, 1891-Present: A Historical, Theological and Ethical Analysis / Edition 1

Catholic Social Teaching, 1891-Present: A Historical, Theological and Ethical Analysis / Edition 1

by Charles E. Curran
     
 

Charles E. Curran offers the first comprehensive analysis and criticism of the development of modern Catholic social teaching from the perspective of theology, ethics, and church history. Curran studies the methodology and content of the documents of Catholic social teaching, generally understood as comprising twelve papal letters beginning with Leo XIII's 1891

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Charles E. Curran offers the first comprehensive analysis and criticism of the development of modern Catholic social teaching from the perspective of theology, ethics, and church history. Curran studies the methodology and content of the documents of Catholic social teaching, generally understood as comprising twelve papal letters beginning with Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum novarum, two documents from Vatican II, and two pastoral letters of the U.S. bishops. He contends that the fundamental basis for this body of teaching comes from an anthropological perspective that recognizes both the inherent dignity and the social nature of the human person—thus do the church's teachings on political and economic matters chart a middle course between the two extremes of individualism and collectivism. The documents themselves tend to downplay any discontinuities with previous documents, but Curran's systematic analysis reveals the significant historical developments that have occurred over the course of more than a century. Although greatly appreciative of the many strengths of this teaching, Curran also points out the weaknesses and continuing tensions in Catholic social teaching today. Intended for scholars and students of Catholic social ethics, as well as those involved in Catholic social ministry, this volume will also appeal to non-Catholic readers interested in an understanding and evaluation of Catholic social teaching.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878408818
Publisher:
Georgetown University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2014
Series:
Moral Traditions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IMethodology
1Theological Methodology21
2Ethical Methodology53
3Ecclesial Methodology101
Pt. IIContent
4Anthropology127
5The Political Order137
6The Economic Order173
7Further Political Aspects215
Afterword247
Index253

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