Introduction to Moral Theology

ISBN-10: 1931709920
ISBN-13: 9781931709927
Edition: 2nd 2003
Authors: William E. May
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List price: $14.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Foreword to the First Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Key to Abbreviations of Biblical Books
Moral Theology: Its Nature, Purpose, and Biblical Foundation
The Moral Life--An Introductory Description
The Nature, Purpose, and Renewal of Moral Theology
Who We Are and Who We Are Meant to Be in the Light of Faith
Theology and Moral Theology
The Function and Purpose of Moral Theology
The Renewal of Moral Theology
Moral Theology and Holy Scripture
Conclusion
Notes for Chapter 1
Human Dignity, Free Human Action, Virtue, and Conscience
Three Kinds of Human Dignity
Free Choice
The Significance of Human Action and the Meaning of Character
Virtue and Our Moral Life
Grisez on Virtue
St. Thomas Aquinas on Virtue
Virtue-based Ethics and Principles-based Ethics
Conscience and Our Moral Life
Notes for Chapter 2
The Natural Law and Moral Life
Introduction
Natural Law in St. Thomas Aquinas
The Basic Understanding of Law in the Summa Theologiae
Eternal Law
Natural Law: Its Central Meaning and Character
'Primary' Precepts of Natural Law, Precepts 'Close to' Primary Precepts, and Other Precepts of Natural Law
St. Thomas and Ulpian's Definition of Natural Law
St. Thomas's Teaching on Natural Law in the Summa Contra Gentes
Natural Law, Vatican Council II, and Pope John Paul II
Natural Law and Vatican Council II
Natural Law in the Teaching of Pope John Paul II
Natural Law in the Thought of Germain Grisez, John Finnis, and Joseph Boyle
The First Principle of Practical Reasoning and Its General Specifications
The First Principle of Morality and the Ideal of 'Integral Human Fulfillment'
The Specifications of the First Principle of Morality: The Modes of Responsibility
From Modes of Responsibility to Specific Moral Norms
Moral Priorities, Religion, and God
A Summary of the Natural Law Teaching of Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle
An Assessment of the Thought of Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle on Natural Law
Natural Law in the Thought of Martin Rhonheimer
Areas of Agreement Between Rhonheimer and Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle
Areas of Disagreement Between Rhonheimer and Grisez, Finnis, and Boyle
Two Levels of Practical Reason: The Perceptive-Practical and the Descriptive-Reflexive
The Relationship Between Natural Law and Virtue
The Movement From the First or Common Principles of Natural Law to the 'Proximate' or 'Immediate' Conclusions
Conclusion
Notes for Chapter 3
Moral Absolutes
Introduction
The Revisionist Rejection of Moral Absolutes
Clarifying the Terminology
Arguments to Support the Revisionists' Denial of Moral Absolutes
The 'Preference' Principle or Principle of 'Proportionate Good'
The Nature of a Human Act as a Totality
The Historicity of Human Existence
A Critique of Revisionist Denial of Moral Absolutes
The 'Preference' Principle or Principle of 'Proportionate Good'
The Nature of a Human Act as a Whole or Totality
The Historicity of Human Existence and Moral Absolutes
A Defense of the Truth of Moral Absolutes
Notes for Chapter 4
Appendix I To Chapter Four: St. Thomas and Moral Absolutes
Notes for Appendix I to Chapter Four
Appendix II To Chapter Four: Pope John Paul II and Moral Absolutes
The Moral Specification of Human Acts
The Criteria for Assessing the Moral Goodness or Badness of Human Acts
Moral Absolutes Protect the Inviolable Dignity of Human Persons and Point the Way Toward Fulfillment in Christ
The Incoherence of Ethical Theories Denying the Existence of Intrinsically Evil Acts and Absolute Moral Norms
The Infallibility of the Teaching Found in Veritatis Splendor
Sin and the Moral Life
The Core Meaning of Sin
The Biblical Understanding of Sin
The Understanding of Sin in the Catholic Theological Tradition
The Distinction Between Mortal and Venial Sin
Biblical and Magisterial Sources for This Distinction
The Classical Theological Understanding of This Distinction
Fundamental Option Theories and the Distinction Between Mortal and Venial Sin
Fundamental Commitments, the Christian Way of Life, and Mortal Sin
The Role of Sin in Our Moral Lives: The Way of Sin to Death
Notes for Chapter 5
Christian Faith and Our Moral Life
The Existential Context of Our Moral Life
Jesus, the Foundation of the Christian Moral Life
Our Baptismal Commitment and Personal Vocation
Christian Love, the Principle of Our Life in Christ
The Beatitudes, Specifying the Requirements of Christian Love
The Question of Specific Christian Moral Norms
The Practicality of the Christian Moral Life
Conclusion
Notes for Chapter 6
The Church as Moral Teacher
Teaching and Pastoral Authority Within the Church
Specific Moral Norms Infallibly Taught by the Magisterium
What Response Should Be Given to Moral Teachings of the Magisterium Proposed Authoritatively But Not Infallibly?
Notes for Chapter 7
Christian Moral Life and John Paul II's Encyclical Veritatis Splendor
Detailed Exposition of Pope John Paul II's Teaching
The Introduction and an Overview of the Document
Christ and the Answer to the Question About Morality
Principal Ideas Set Forth in Chapter One
The Religious and Existential Significance of the Young Man's Question
The Sovereignty of God Over the Moral Order
The Essential Link Between Obedience to the Commandments and Eternal Life
The 'Fulfillment' of the Law in Jesus; the Universal Call to Perfection
Moral Life, the Unity of the Church, and Revelation
The More-than-human Authority of the Magisterium on Moral Questions
Dionigi Tettamanzi's Analysis of Chapter One
The Christocentric Meaning of Our Moral Life
The Ecclesial Dimension of Christian Moral Life
The Church and the Discernment of Certain Tendencies in Present-day Moral Theology
Introduction
Freedom and the Law
Conscience and the Truth
Fundamental Choice and Specific Kinds of Behavior
The Moral Act
Moral Good for the Life of the Church and of the World
Introduction
The Relationship Between Human Freedom and the Truth
The Intimate and Inseparable Unity of Faith and Morality
The Relationship Between Respect for Personal Dignity and Refusal to Engage in Intrinsically Evil Acts
The Absolute Need for God's Grace to Live a Morally Upright Life
The Service of Moral Theologians
The Responsibility of Bishops
Reactions to the Encyclical
The Selling-Jans Book: The Splendor of Accuracy
Richard McCormick's 'Some Early Reactions to Veritatis Splendor' and Martin Rhonheimer's Critique of McCormick
J. A. DiNoia's 'Veritatis Splendor: Moral Life as Transfigured Life'
Conclusion
Notes for Chapter 8
Christian Moral Life and the Catechism of the Catholic Church
A Synopsis of the Catechism's Teaching on the Christian Moral Life
Essential Meaning of Christian Morality According to the Catechism
The Moral Life as an Endeavor on the Part of Human Persons to Become Fully the Beings God Wills Them to Be
Our Absolute Dependence Upon God to Enable Us to Become Fully the Beings He Wills Us to Be
The God-given Authority of the Church as Mother and Teacher
What We Must Do in Order to Become Fully the Beings God Wills Us to Be
Notes for Appendix
Index

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