Many young people come to Fr Alban McCoy's Chaplaincy enquiring about the serious moral and ethical issues of the day and seeking a Christian perspective. Rather than refer the enquirers to learned tomes, McCoy decided to write this book - designed for the intelligent reader.
From a view that could be described as enlightened orthodoxy, McCoy tackles a wide range of issues, such as:
- Is there a Christian perspective on the war in Iraq which is not simply a human perspective?
- Are Christian ethics pumped up or watered down humanist ethics?
- What is a distinctly Christian view in modern secularized society?
- Do the Bible and the Natural Law really still have any relevance to the burning moral issues of the day?
- As scientific progress raises moral issues of dazzling complexity, do traditional attitudes to abortion, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization and human embryology still make any sense?
- How long should be prolong life?
- Should we ever assist death?
- Are homosexuals intrinsically morally disordered (as per the Catechism)?
- How has the Church responded to the revolution in sexuality created by contraception?
The issues are complicated and Fr Alban McCoy is a sure and enlightened guide. This book is an excellent companion to Fr Alban Mcoy's Intelligent Peron's Guide to Catholicism.
McCoy...writes with clarity and verve, and provides an expert and very readable summary of the subject matter of morality, exploring the meaning of freedodm, determinism, subjectivism, conscience and cultural relativism...very well written.'--Sanford Lakoff "Theology "
|The meaning of 'moral'|
|The subject matter of morality||p. 11|
|Morality presupposes freedom, but are we free? : determinism versus indeterminism||p. 34|
|Ethical subjectivism and the claims of conscience||p. 54|
|Cultural relativism||p. 69|
|Absolutism, consequentialism or virtue?|
|Utilitarianism : Bentham and Mill||p. 96|
|Aristotle and the life of virtue||p. 107|
|Ethics in a Christian context|
|The structure of moral judgments||p. 117|
|Christian morality||p. 136|
|A classical Christian moral account : St. Thomas Aquinas||p. 146|
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Series: Continuum Icons
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.7 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1