Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues

Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues

by William C. III Mattison

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Whether in the cafeteria, classroom, or dorm lounge, questions abound on college campuses. Not only do students grapple with existential issues but they also struggle with ethical ones such as "Why be moral?" In Introducing Moral Theology, William Mattison addresses this question as well as grapples with the impact that religious belief has on day-to-day living. Structured in two parts, this unique text on Catholic moral theology covers cardinal virtues (temperance, prudence, fortitude, and justice) as well as theological virtues (faith, hope, and love). It is equipped with study questions, terms and their definitions, and illustrative case studies. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, this overview will also appeal to non-Catholics interested in virtue ethics.

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ISBN-13: 9781441201904
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
File size: 614 KB

About the Author

William C. Mattison III (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is Wilsey Family Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has edited and contributed to New Wine, New Wineskins: A Next Generation Reflects on Key Issues in Catholic Moral Theology.

Table of Contents

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

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