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An Introduction to Moral Theology - William E. May

An Introduction to Moral Theology

Paperback Published: 7th March 2007
ISBN: 9781931709927
Number Of Pages: 304

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Here -- carefully documented, footnoted, and indexed -- is not only what the Church teaches but also why it is obligated to do so. This updated and expanded edition of a text 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; human dignity, free human action, virtue, and conscience; and natural law, moral absolutes, and sin. Read why -- and how -- living what the Church teaches can transform hearts, minds, and souls.

Foreword to the First Editionp. 13
Introduction to the Second Editionp. 15
Key to Abbreviations of Biblical Booksp. 21
Moral Theology: Its Nature, Purpose, and Biblical Foundationp. 23
The Moral Life--An Introductory Descriptionp. 23
The Nature, Purpose, and Renewal of Moral Theologyp. 23
Who We Are and Who We Are Meant to Be in the Light of Faithp. 23
Theology and Moral Theologyp. 26
The Function and Purpose of Moral Theologyp. 26
The Renewal of Moral Theologyp. 27
Moral Theology and Holy Scripturep. 31
Conclusionp. 37
Notes for Chapter 1p. 37
Human Dignity, Free Human Action, Virtue, and Consciencep. 41
Three Kinds of Human Dignityp. 41
Free Choicep. 44
The Significance of Human Action and the Meaning of Characterp. 47
Virtue and Our Moral Lifep. 48
Grisez on Virtuep. 52
St. Thomas Aquinas on Virtuep. 53
Virtue-based Ethics and Principles-based Ethicsp. 56
Conscience and Our Moral Lifep. 57
Notes for Chapter 2p. 65
The Natural Law and Moral Lifep. 71
Introductionp. 71
Natural Law in St. Thomas Aquinasp. 71
The Basic Understanding of Law in the Summa Theologiaep. 72
Eternal Lawp. 73
Natural Law: Its Central Meaning and Characterp. 73
'Primary' Precepts of Natural Law, Precepts 'Close to' Primary Precepts, and Other Precepts of Natural Lawp. 76
St. Thomas and Ulpian's Definition of Natural Lawp. 80
St. Thomas's Teaching on Natural Law in the Summa Contra Gentesp. 84
Natural Law, Vatican Council II, and Pope John Paul IIp. 87
Natural Law and Vatican Council IIp. 87
Natural Law in the Teaching of Pope John Paul IIp. 91
Natural Law in the Thought of Germain Grisez, John Finnis, and Joseph Boylep. 93
The First Principle of Practical Reasoning and Its General Specificationsp. 94
The First Principle of Morality and the Ideal of 'Integral Human Fulfillment'p. 98
The Specifications of the First Principle of Morality: The Modes of Responsibilityp. 102
From Modes of Responsibility to Specific Moral Normsp. 105
Moral Priorities, Religion, and Godp. 106
A Summary of the Natural Law Teaching of Grisez, Finnis, and Boylep. 111
An Assessment of the Thought of Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle on Natural Lawp. 113
Natural Law in the Thought of Martin Rhonheimerp. 119
Areas of Agreement Between Rhonheimer and Grisez, Finnis, and Boylep. 119
Areas of Disagreement Between Rhonheimer and Grisez, Finnis, and Boylep. 120
Two Levels of Practical Reason: The Perceptive-Practical and the Descriptive-Reflexivep. 120
The Relationship Between Natural Law and Virtuep. 122
The Movement From the First or Common Principles of Natural Law to the 'Proximate' or 'Immediate' Conclusionsp. 123
Conclusionp. 124
Notes for Chapter 3p. 125
Moral Absolutesp. 141
Introductionp. 141
The Revisionist Rejection of Moral Absolutesp. 142
Clarifying the Terminologyp. 145
Arguments to Support the Revisionists' Denial of Moral Absolutesp. 146
The 'Preference' Principle or Principle of 'Proportionate Good'p. 146
The Nature of a Human Act as a Totalityp. 148
The Historicity of Human Existencep. 150
A Critique of Revisionist Denial of Moral Absolutesp. 151
The 'Preference' Principle or Principle of 'Proportionate Good'p. 152
The Nature of a Human Act as a Whole or Totalityp. 156
The Historicity of Human Existence and Moral Absolutesp. 157
A Defense of the Truth of Moral Absolutesp. 159
Notes for Chapter 4p. 164
Appendix I To Chapter Four: St. Thomas and Moral Absolutesp. 170
Notes for Appendix I to Chapter Fourp. 174
Appendix II To Chapter Four: Pope John Paul II and Moral Absolutesp. 176
The Moral Specification of Human Actsp. 176
The Criteria for Assessing the Moral Goodness or Badness of Human Actsp. 177
Moral Absolutes Protect the Inviolable Dignity of Human Persons and Point the Way Toward Fulfillment in Christp. 179
The Incoherence of Ethical Theories Denying the Existence of Intrinsically Evil Acts and Absolute Moral Normsp. 181
The Infallibility of the Teaching Found in Veritatis Splendorp. 182
Sin and the Moral Lifep. 185
The Core Meaning of Sinp. 185
The Biblical Understanding of Sinp. 185
The Understanding of Sin in the Catholic Theological Traditionp. 189
The Distinction Between Mortal and Venial Sinp. 194
Biblical and Magisterial Sources for This Distinctionp. 194
The Classical Theological Understanding of This Distinctionp. 196
Fundamental Option Theories and the Distinction Between Mortal and Venial Sinp. 198
Fundamental Commitments, the Christian Way of Life, and Mortal Sinp. 203
The Role of Sin in Our Moral Lives: The Way of Sin to Deathp. 205
Notes for Chapter 5p. 207
Christian Faith and Our Moral Lifep. 211
The Existential Context of Our Moral Lifep. 211
Jesus, the Foundation of the Christian Moral Lifep. 215
Our Baptismal Commitment and Personal Vocationp. 221
Christian Love, the Principle of Our Life in Christp. 227
The Beatitudes, Specifying the Requirements of Christian Lovep. 229
The Question of Specific Christian Moral Normsp. 233
The Practicality of the Christian Moral Lifep. 236
Conclusionp. 239
Notes for Chapter 6p. 240
The Church as Moral Teacherp. 245
Teaching and Pastoral Authority Within the Churchp. 245
Specific Moral Norms Infallibly Taught by the Magisteriump. 250
What Response Should Be Given to Moral Teachings of the Magisterium Proposed Authoritatively But Not Infallibly?p. 257
Notes for Chapter 7p. 265
Christian Moral Life and John Paul II's Encyclical Veritatis Splendorp. 269
Detailed Exposition of Pope John Paul II's Teachingp. 269
The Introduction and an Overview of the Documentp. 269
Christ and the Answer to the Question About Moralityp. 270
Principal Ideas Set Forth in Chapter Onep. 271
The Religious and Existential Significance of the Young Man's Questionp. 271
The Sovereignty of God Over the Moral Orderp. 271
The Essential Link Between Obedience to the Commandments and Eternal Lifep. 272
The 'Fulfillment' of the Law in Jesus; the Universal Call to Perfectionp. 272
Moral Life, the Unity of the Church, and Revelationp. 273
The More-than-human Authority of the Magisterium on Moral Questionsp. 273
Dionigi Tettamanzi's Analysis of Chapter Onep. 274
The Christocentric Meaning of Our Moral Lifep. 274
The Ecclesial Dimension of Christian Moral Lifep. 275
The Church and the Discernment of Certain Tendencies in Present-day Moral Theologyp. 275
Introductionp. 275
Freedom and the Lawp. 277
Conscience and the Truthp. 278
Fundamental Choice and Specific Kinds of Behaviorp. 279
The Moral Actp. 281
Moral Good for the Life of the Church and of the Worldp. 283
Introductionp. 283
The Relationship Between Human Freedom and the Truthp. 284
The Intimate and Inseparable Unity of Faith and Moralityp. 285
The Relationship Between Respect for Personal Dignity and Refusal to Engage in Intrinsically Evil Actsp. 285
The Absolute Need for God's Grace to Live a Morally Upright Lifep. 286
The Service of Moral Theologiansp. 286
The Responsibility of Bishopsp. 286
Reactions to the Encyclicalp. 286
The Selling-Jans Book: The Splendor of Accuracyp. 287
Richard McCormick's 'Some Early Reactions to Veritatis Splendor' and Martin Rhonheimer's Critique of McCormickp. 288
J. A. DiNoia's 'Veritatis Splendor: Moral Life as Transfigured Life'p. 292
Conclusionp. 294
Notes for Chapter 8p. 294
Christian Moral Life and the Catechism of the Catholic Churchp. 295
A Synopsis of the Catechism's Teaching on the Christian Moral Lifep. 296
Essential Meaning of Christian Morality According to the Catechismp. 298
The Moral Life as an Endeavor on the Part of Human Persons to Become Fully the Beings God Wills Them to Bep. 299
Our Absolute Dependence Upon God to Enable Us to Become Fully the Beings He Wills Us to Bep. 300
The God-given Authority of the Church as Mother and Teacherp. 300
What We Must Do in Order to Become Fully the Beings God Wills Us to Bep. 301
Notes for Appendixp. 303
Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9781931709927
ISBN-10: 1931709920
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 7th March 2007
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor Inc.,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised