Introduction to Moral Theology / Edition 2

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An Introduction to Moral Theology, Second Edition, offers a clear, complete, and convincing examination and explanation of Catholic doctrine. Here -- carefully documented, annotated, and indexed -- is not only what the Church teaches but also why it is obligated to do so. And why its members are obligated to examine and to apply that teaching. This updated and expanded edition of a text long trusted and widely used in colleges, universities, and seminaries, as well as in high schools and parish religious education programs, offers the latest Catholic teaching on moral theology, including: Moral theology: its nature, purpose, and biblical foundation, Human dignity, free human action, virtue, and conscience, Natural law, moral absolutes, and sin, Christian faith and our moral life. Read why -- and how -- living what the Church teaches can transform hearts, minds, and souls.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931709927
  • Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor (IN)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 314
  • Sales rank: 590,034
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition 13
Introduction to the Second Edition 15
Key to Abbreviations of Biblical Books 21
Chapter 1 Moral Theology: Its Nature, Purpose, and Biblical Foundation 23
The Moral Life--An Introductory Description 23
The Nature, Purpose, and Renewal of Moral Theology 23
1. Who We Are and Who We Are Meant to Be in the Light of Faith 23
2. Theology and Moral Theology 26
3. The Function and Purpose of Moral Theology 26
4. The Renewal of Moral Theology 27
Moral Theology and Holy Scripture 31
Conclusion 37
Notes for Chapter 1 37
Chapter 2 Human Dignity, Free Human Action, Virtue, and Conscience 41
1. Three Kinds of Human Dignity 41
2. Free Choice 44
3. The Significance of Human Action and the Meaning of Character 47
4. Virtue and Our Moral Life 48
A. Grisez on Virtue 52
B. St. Thomas Aquinas on Virtue 53
C. Virtue-based Ethics and Principles-based Ethics 56
5. Conscience and Our Moral Life 57
Notes for Chapter 2 65
Chapter 3 The Natural Law and Moral Life 71
Introduction 71
Natural Law in St. Thomas Aquinas 71
1. The Basic Understanding of Law in the Summa Theologiae 72
2. Eternal Law 73
3. Natural Law: Its Central Meaning and Character 73
4. 'Primary' Precepts of Natural Law, Precepts 'Close to' Primary Precepts, and Other Precepts of Natural Law 76
Excursus 1 St. Thomas and Ulpian's Definition of Natural Law 80
Excursus 2 St. Thomas's Teaching on Natural Law in the Summa Contra Gentes 84
Natural Law, Vatican Council II, and Pope John Paul II 87
1. Natural Law and Vatican Council II 87
2. Natural Law in the Teaching of Pope John Paul II 91
Natural Law in the Thought of Germain Grisez, John Finnis, and Joseph Boyle 93
1. The First Principle of Practical Reasoning and Its General Specifications 94
2. The First Principle of Morality and the Ideal of 'Integral Human Fulfillment' 98
3. The Specifications of the First Principle of Morality: The Modes of Responsibility 102
4. From Modes of Responsibility to Specific Moral Norms 105
5. Moral Priorities, Religion, and God 106
6. A Summary of the Natural Law Teaching of Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle 111
7. An Assessment of the Thought of Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle on Natural Law 113
Natural Law in the Thought of Martin Rhonheimer 119
1. Areas of Agreement Between Rhonheimer and Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle 119
2. Areas of Disagreement Between Rhonheimer and Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle 120
A. Two Levels of Practical Reason: The Perceptive-Practical and the Descriptive-Reflexive 120
B. The Relationship Between Natural Law and Virtue 122
C. The Movement From the First or Common Principles of Natural Law to the 'Proximate' or 'Immediate' Conclusions 123
Conclusion 124
Notes for Chapter 3 125
Chapter 4 Moral Absolutes 141
Introduction 141
1. The Revisionist Rejection of Moral Absolutes 142
A. Clarifying the Terminology 145
B. Arguments to Support the Revisionists' Denial of Moral Absolutes 146
I. The 'Preference' Principle or Principle of 'Proportionate Good' 146
II. The Nature of a Human Act as a Totality 148
III. The Historicity of Human Existence 150
2. A Critique of Revisionist Denial of Moral Absolutes 151
I. The 'Preference' Principle or Principle of 'Proportionate Good' 152
II. The Nature of a Human Act as a Whole or Totality 156
III. The Historicity of Human Existence and Moral Absolutes 157
3. A Defense of the Truth of Moral Absolutes 159
Notes for Chapter 4 164
Appendix I To Chapter Four: St. Thomas and Moral Absolutes 170
Notes for Appendix I to Chapter Four 174
Appendix II To Chapter Four: Pope John Paul II and Moral Absolutes 176
1. The Moral Specification of Human Acts 176
2. The Criteria for Assessing the Moral Goodness or Badness of Human Acts 177
3. Moral Absolutes Protect the Inviolable Dignity of Human Persons and Point the Way Toward Fulfillment in Christ 179
4. The Incoherence of Ethical Theories Denying the Existence of Intrinsically Evil Acts and Absolute Moral Norms 181
5. The Infallibility of the Teaching Found in Veritatis Splendor 182
Chapter 5 Sin and the Moral Life 185
1. The Core Meaning of Sin 185
A. The Biblical Understanding of Sin 185
B. The Understanding of Sin in the Catholic Theological Tradition 189
2. The Distinction Between Mortal and Venial Sin 194
A. Biblical and Magisterial Sources for This Distinction 194
B. The Classical Theological Understanding of This Distinction 196
C. Fundamental Option Theories and the Distinction Between Mortal and Venial Sin 198
D. Fundamental Commitments, the Christian Way of Life, and Mortal Sin 203
3. The Role of Sin in Our Moral Lives: The Way of Sin to Death 205
Notes for Chapter 5 207
Chapter 6 Christian Faith and Our Moral Life 211
1. The Existential Context of Our Moral Life 211
2. Jesus, the Foundation of the Christian Moral Life 215
3. Our Baptismal Commitment and Personal Vocation 221
4. Christian Love, the Principle of Our Life in Christ 227
5. The Beatitudes, Specifying the Requirements of Christian Love 229
6. The Question of Specific Christian Moral Norms 233
7. The Practicality of the Christian Moral Life 236
Conclusion 239
Notes for Chapter 6 240
Chapter 7 The Church as Moral Teacher 245
1. Teaching and Pastoral Authority Within the Church 245
2. Specific Moral Norms Infallibly Taught by the Magisterium 250
3. What Response Should Be Given to Moral Teachings of the Magisterium Proposed Authoritatively But Not Infallibly? 257
Notes for Chapter 7 265
Chapter 8 Christian Moral Life and John Paul II's Encyclical Veritatis Splendor 269
Detailed Exposition of Pope John Paul II's Teaching 269
The Introduction and an Overview of the Document 269
Chapter 1 Christ and the Answer to the Question About Morality 270
A. Principal Ideas Set Forth in Chapter One 271
I. The Religious and Existential Significance of the Young Man's Question 271
II. The Sovereignty of God Over the Moral Order 271
III. The Essential Link Between Obedience to the Commandments and Eternal Life 272
IV. The 'Fulfillment' of the Law in Jesus; the Universal Call to Perfection 272
V. Moral Life, the Unity of the Church, and Revelation 273
VI. The More-than-human Authority of the Magisterium on Moral Questions 273
B. Dionigi Tettamanzi's Analysis of Chapter One 274
I. The Christocentric Meaning of Our Moral Life 274
II. The Ecclesial Dimension of Christian Moral Life 275
Chapter 2 The Church and the Discernment of Certain Tendencies in Present-day Moral Theology 275
Introduction 275
I. Freedom and the Law 277
II. Conscience and the Truth 278
III. Fundamental Choice and Specific Kinds of Behavior 279
IV. The Moral Act 281
Chapter 3 Moral Good for the Life of the Church and of the World 283
Introduction 283
I. The Relationship Between Human Freedom and the Truth 284
II. The Intimate and Inseparable Unity of Faith and Morality 285
III. The Relationship Between Respect for Personal Dignity and Refusal to Engage in Intrinsically Evil Acts 285
IV. The Absolute Need for God's Grace to Live a Morally Upright Life 286
V. The Service of Moral Theologians 286
VI. The Responsibility of Bishops 286
Reactions to the Encyclical 286
The Selling-Jans Book: The Splendor of Accuracy 287
Richard McCormick's 'Some Early Reactions to Veritatis Splendor' and Martin Rhonheimer's Critique of McCormick 288
J. A. DiNoia's 'Veritatis Splendor: Moral Life as Transfigured Life' 292
Conclusion 294
Notes for Chapter 8 294
Appendix Christian Moral Life and the Catechism of the Catholic Church 295
1. A Synopsis of the Catechism's Teaching on the Christian Moral Life 296
2. Essential Meaning of Christian Morality According to the Catechism 298
A. The Moral Life as an Endeavor on the Part of Human Persons to Become Fully the Beings God Wills Them to Be 299
B. Our Absolute Dependence Upon God to Enable Us to Become Fully the Beings He Wills Us to Be 300
C. The God-given Authority of the Church as Mother and Teacher 300
D. What We Must Do in Order to Become Fully the Beings God Wills Us to Be 301
Notes for Appendix 303
Index 305
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    Very well organized

    This is probably the best book in Catholic moral theology out there. If you have doubts about your faith read this.

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