Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues

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Overview

As college students develop their identities and construct their worldviews, they commonly wrestle with fundamental questions such as "Why be moral?" Taking into account feedback he has received from students and colleagues, William Mattison has crafted Introducing Moral Theology, a masterful basic text on Catholic moral theology. This work provides a solid overview of classical virtue ethics (i.e., temperance, prudence, fortitude, and justice) as well as the theological virtues (i.e., faith, hope, and love). The book includes study questions, terms and definitions, bibliographies, and case studies on timely, thorny issues such as premarital sex and euthanasia. Readers will also note that Introducing Moral Theology draws deeply on Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. While written primarily to and from a Roman Catholic perspective, this text will appeal to a wide swathe of Christian academics and believers interested in theology and ethics.

"Those of us who regularly teach introductory courses in theological ethics know how difficult it can be to present the relevant theories and issues in an effective way. So it is very high praise indeed when I say that Mattison has written a first-rate textbook for beginners in this challenging field. Appropriating Aquinas's organizing principle of the virtues, he draws together the main strands of the Catholic moral tradition in such a way as to reveal its inner logic, and to present this in a clear, accessible, and attractive way. He wears his considerable learning lightly, and while he clearly aims to present traditional Catholic moral teachings, he does so in a way that invites thoughtful engagement and dialogue. This would be suitable in a number of undergraduate and seminary contexts, and scholars in the field will find much of value here as well."--Jean Porter, Rev. John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

"The new wave in theology is virtue ethics, and Mattison rides it to new systematic heights. He lays out the role of virtue in the good life, shows how virtue relates morality to the rest of theology, then applies virtue ethics to concrete quandaries of Christian living today. Designed as an engaging classroom text, this book will also interest scholars of ethical theory."--Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432231
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 219,944
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Mattison III (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is assistant professor of theology at The Catholic University of America. He has edited and contributed to New Wine, New Wineskins: A Next Generation Reflects on Key Issues in Catholic Moral Theology.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Morality, Happiness, and the "Good Life": How Do I Live My Life, and Why Do I Live That Way?
2. Intentions, Good Acts, and Human Freedom
3. Why Virtue? The Moral Life as More Than Actions
4. The Virtue of Temperance: Living a Passionate Moral Life
5. The Virtue of Prudence: Knowing the Truth and Living It
6. Alcohol and American College Life: Test Case One
7. The Virtue of Justice and Justice in Waging War
8. Using the Atom Bomb in World War II: Test Case Two
9. The Virtue of Fortitude and the Unity of the Virtues
10. A Transition: Actions, Practices, and Big-Picture Beliefs about the Way Things Are
11. The Virtue of Faith: Answering Big-Picture Questions
12. Sin: Corruption of Human Happiness
13. The Virtue of Hope: Eternity in This Life and the Next
14. Jesus Christ: Incarnation and Life in Christ
15. The Virtue of Charity: The Form of the Christian Life
16. Grace: The Gift of the Holy Spirit for the Virtuous Life
17. Chastity and Nonmarital Sex: Test Case Three
18. Euthanasia: Test Case Four
Epilogue: Praying for Virtues
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2009

    great moral theology book

    This book is very informative although it can be confusing at some points. It relates real world problems with morality.

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