Knowing Right from Wrong: A Christian Guide to Conscience [NOOK Book]

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Father Williams explains how the conscience is formed through our training and experiences and informed by the Holy Spirit, making it an essential tool for daily living. He uses familiar and surprising characters to illustrate the positive choices conscience can direct--and the disaster that results when a conscience is undeveloped or ignored. Questions he tackles include "Is it more important to be smart or good?" "Is there a morally right thing to do in every situation?" and "Is the Christian moral life an ...
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Overview

Father Williams explains how the conscience is formed through our training and experiences and informed by the Holy Spirit, making it an essential tool for daily living. He uses familiar and surprising characters to illustrate the positive choices conscience can direct--and the disaster that results when a conscience is undeveloped or ignored. Questions he tackles include "Is it more important to be smart or good?" "Is there a morally right thing to do in every situation?" and "Is the Christian moral life an exciting adventure, or a necessary burden?" Rich, provocative, and practical for everyday decision making, KNOWING RIGHT FROM WRONG is a must-read for all who hunger for personal holiness.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Williams, a Catholic priest, ethicist and CBS News Vatican analyst, challenges the popular notion that conscience is always an inerrant guide in this thoughtful look at a timely topic. Proposing that conscience recognizes, but does not determine, good and evil, Williams dissects its role, showing how conscience is "formed" and can even be corrupted. Although he holds that conscience is deserving of respect as that place where a person is alone with God, he says it does not automatically respond correctly and is in need of training through prayer and moral education. Such instruction, he writes, is to be found in the Bible and natural law as well as in the teaching of the Catholic Church. Williams says consciences must be evaluated regularly and offers practical steps to conduct periodic self-tests. He deals with conscientious objection and its application as well. Readers willing to accept or consider the book's basis in Catholic teaching will find this to be an excellent guide for dealing with the panoply of moral choices presented by contemporary culture. (Sept. 18)

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Fr. Williams (dean of Theology, Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Univ., Rome; Spiritual Progress) chooses the Christian conscience as his topic in a fearlessly Catholic interpretation of the issues surrounding moral perception and right action. Not surprisingly, he prefers Aristotelian models to Platonic ones and Catholic models to either of those. Williams's tone is frequently patronizing, and he seems incapable of recognizing certain forms of moral complexity. But his work, which is a good index of contemporary mainstream Catholic thought, will command attention because of his high-profile television appearances as Vatican analyst for CBS. For larger collections.


—Graham Christian
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446544665
  • Publisher: FaithWords
  • Publication date: 9/18/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 324 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas D. Williams, LC, ThD, is Vatican Analyst for CBS News and a professor of theology at the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University in Rome. He has also worked extensively for NBC News and Britain's Sky News, covering church and ethical issues, including the final illness and death of Pope John Paul II, the 2005 papal conclave, and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Father Williams also regularly appeared in the MSNBC series The Ethical Edge and is author of several books and dozens of articles, both scholarly and popular.

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Table of Contents


Introduction     vii
That Still, Small Voice: The Idea of Christian Conscience     1
The Role of Conscience: What Conscience Does ... and Doesn't Do     13
Coach or Referee? The Motivating Role of Conscience     20
The Lamp of the Body: What the Bible Tells Us About Conscience     28
Did Jesus Have a Conscience? Putting on "The Mind of Christ"     46
Angels and Demons: Modern Attempts to Explain Away Conscience     62
What We Know and What We Don't: Certainty, Humility, and Good Judgment     75
Where Socrates Went Wrong: The Difference Between Knowing What Is Right and Doing It     95
How the Truth Sets You Free: Real Freedom and Its Counterfeits     106
Girls (and Boys) Just Want to Have Fun: Good Conscience and Christian Joy     118
Altered States: The Wearing Down of Moral Sense     135
Growing into-or out of-Conscience: Human Maturity and Conscience Formation     150
Midterm Exams: The Hows and Whys of Examining Your Conscience     165
Your Right to Say No: Conscientious Objection and Personal Responsibility     185
Difficult Choices: Moral Dilemmas and How to Resolve Them     200
Notes     211
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    father thomas d. williams has put together a wonderful little bestseller "knowing right from wrong" this is an exellent book because it gives christians a path and a blue print whean the wrong times come up in there lifes cause some times it hurts to do the right thing or some times it hurts to say no or it hurts to say no and this book gives you the right awnsers and were to turn and makes you feel good about doing the right thing and it also gives the right kind of strength and character at the right time in the right place whean you need it. great book for a Bible study or discussion group or gift idea for a friend or family member.

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