Jesus and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology

Jesus and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology

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Overview

Jesuits Daniel Harrington and James Keenan have successfully team-taught the content of this landmark study to the delight of students for years. In this book they take the fruits of their own experiences as theologians, writers, teachers, mentors, and friends to propose virtue ethics as a bridge between the fields of New Testament Studies and Moral Theology. Answering the call of the Second Vatican Council for moral theology to "draw more fully on the teaching of Holy Scripture," the authors examine the virtues that both flow from Scripture and provide a lens by which to interpret Scripture. By remaining true to both the New Testament's emphasis on the human response to God's gracious activity in Jesus Christ and to the ethical needs and desires of Christians in the twenty-first century, the authors address key topics such as discipleship, the Sermon on the Mount, love, sin, politics, justice, sexuality, marriage, divorce, bioethics, and ecology. Covering the entire sweep of ethical teaching from its foundations in Scripture and especially in Jesus' life, death, and resurrection to its goal or "end" with the full coming of God's kingdom, the authors invite readers more deeply into an appreciation of the central biblical themes and how, based on the themes, Catholic Christian moral theology bears on general ethical issues in culture. Complete with reflection questions and suggestions for further reading, this book is essential reading for professors, students, pastors, preachers, and interested Catholics.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742549944
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 09/16/2005
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,224,208
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Daniel J. Harrington, SJ (1940–2014), was professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He was the author of a number of books, including How Do Catholics Read the Bible? and, with James F. Keenan, Paul and Virtue Ethics.

James F. Keenan, SJ, holds the Canisius Chair at Boston College and is director of the Jesuit Institute. He is the author or editor of sixteen books, including Moral Wisdom: Lessons and Texts from the Catholic Tradition and Ethics of the Word: Voices in the Catholic Church Today.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Histories of Moral Theology and New Testament Ethics Chapter 2 Methods: The New Testament and Moral Theology Chapter 3 The Kingdom of God as Horizon and Goal: Who Ought We to Become? Chapter 4 Discipleship as Context: Who Are We? Chapter 5 The Sermon on the Mount and Christian Virtue Ethics: How Do We Get There? Chapter 6 Love as the Primary Value Chapter 7 Sin as Failure to Love Chapter 8 Politics from a Marginal Perspective Chapter 9 Justice and Social Justice Chapter 10 Embodiment and Community as the Context for Sexual Ethics Chapter 11 Marriage and Divorce Chapter 12 Celibacy, Homosexuality, and Abortion Chapter 13 The Bible and Nature: Friends or Foes?

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