Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act

Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act
Author: Becket Soule
Publsiher: Catholic University of America Press
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2015-10-11
ISBN 10: 9781932589733
ISBN 13: 1932589732
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Biblical Natural Law

Biblical Natural Law
Author: Matthew Levering
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2008-03-20
ISBN 10: 0191609005
ISBN 13: 9780191609008
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biblical Natural Law Book Review:

Natural law theory is controversial today because it presumes that there is a stable 'human nature' that is subject to a 'law.' How do we know that 'human nature' is stable and not ever-evolving? How can we expect 'law' not to constrict human freedom and potential? Furthermore if there is a 'law,' there must be a lawgiver. Matthew Levering argues that natural law theory makes sense only within a broader worldview, and that the Bible sketches both such a persuasive worldview and an account of natural law that offers an exciting portrait of the moral life. To establish the relevance of biblical readings to the wider philosophical debate on natural law, this study offers an overview of modern natural law theories from Cicero to Nietzsche, which reverse the biblical portrait by placing human beings at the center of the moral universe. Whereas the biblical portrait of natural law is other-directed, ordered to self-giving love, the modern accounts turn inward upon the self. Drawing on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, Levering employs theological and philosophical investigation to achieve a contemporary doctrine of natural law that accords with the biblical witness to a loving Creator who draws human beings to share in the divine life. This book provides both an introduction to natural law theory and a compelling challenge to re-think current biblical scholarship on the topic.

Ressourcement Thomism

Ressourcement Thomism
Author: Romanus Cessario,Reinhard Hütter,Matthew Levering
Publsiher: CUA Press
Total Pages: 409
Release: 2010
ISBN 10: 0813217857
ISBN 13: 9780813217857
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ressourcement Thomism Book Review:

The essays in this volume explore three areas in which St. Thomas Aquinas's voice has never fallen silent: sacred doctrine, the relationship of sacraments and metaphysics, and the central role of virtue in moral theology.

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology
Author: William C. Mattison, III
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 274
Release: 2017-07-13
ISBN 10: 1107171482
ISBN 13: 9781107171480
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology Book Review:

In this volume, William C. Mattison, III demonstrates that virtue ethics provides a helpful key for unlocking the moral wisdom of the Sermon on the Mount. Showing how familiar texts such as the Beatitudes and Petitions of the Lord's Prayer are more richly understood, and can even be aligned with the theological and cardinal virtues, he also locates in the Sermon classic topics in morality, such as the nature of happiness, intentionality, the intelligibility of human action, and the development of virtue. Yet far from merely placing the teaching of Aristotle in the mouth of Jesus, he demonstrates how the Sermon presents an account of happiness and virtue transformed in the light of Christian faith. The happiness portrayed is that of the Kingdom of heaven, and the habits needed to participate in it in the next life, but even initially in this one, are possible only by God's grace through Jesus Christ, and lived in the community that is the Church.

Peter Lombard

Peter Lombard
Author: W. Becket Soule,Steven Long,Thomas Joseph White
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2016-05-16
ISBN 10: 9781932589740
ISBN 13: 1932589740
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Perspective of Morality

The Perspective of Morality
Author: Martin Rhonheimer
Publsiher: CUA Press
Total Pages: 467
Release: 2011
ISBN 10: 0813217997
ISBN 13: 9780813217994
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Perspective of Morality Book Review:

The Perspective of the Acting Person introduces readers to one of the most important and provocative thinkers in contemporary moral philosophy

Journal of Moral Theology Volume 10 Issue 1

Journal of Moral Theology  Volume 10  Issue 1
Author: Jason King,M. Therese Lysaught
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-01-27
ISBN 10: 1725297809
ISBN 13: 9781725297807
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Journal of Moral Theology Volume 10 Issue 1 Book Review:

The Evolution of Human Dignity in Catholic Morality Bernard Brady Gregory of Nyssa’s “Reverse Contagion” and Roberto Esposito’s “Immunity”: Which Way Forward in the Aftermath of the Pan-demic? Carlo Calleja An Augustinian Correction to a Faulty Option: The Politics of Salt and Light Anthony Crescio “The Perspective of the Acting Person” and Moral Action: Reading Veritatis Splendor no. 78 with Servais Pinckaers, OP Matthew Kuhnar Round Table Discussion: On the Work of Paul J. Wadell Thanks Be to God for Paul J. Wadell: Essays in Honor of a Friend and His Work Tobias Winright Stories of Friendship: The Generous Contributions of Paul Wadell Charles R. Pinches A Consideration of Teaching: Friendship, and Boundaries in Catholic Higher Education Bridget Burke Ravizza and Mara Brecht Spiritual Rescue Darin Davis Jesus Is Not Just My Homeboy: A Friendship Christology Justin Bronson Barringer Reciprocity within Community: Ancient and Contemporary Challenges to and Opportunities for Civic Friendship Anne-Marie Ellithorpe The Place of Friendship in Christian Ethics – A Response Written in Gratitude Paul J. Wadell BOOK REVIEWS Thomas C. Behr, Social Justice and Subsidiarity: Luigi Taparelli and the Origins of Modern Catholic Social Thought Michael Krom Charles C. Camosy, Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Con-sistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People Alessandro Rovati Daniel P. Castillo, An Ecological Theology of Liberation: Salvation and Political Ecology Xavier M. Montecel Dennis M. Doyle, The Catholic Church in a Changing World: A Vat-ican II-Inspired Approach Martin Madar Joshua Dubler and Vincent W. Lloyd, Break Every Yoke: Religion, Justice, and the Abolition of Prisons Joshua R. Snyder Daniel K. Finn, ed. Moral Agency within Social Structures and Cul-ture Kevin Ahern Reinhard Huetter, Bound for Beatitude: A Thomistic Study in Escha-tology and Ethics William Mattison James Davison Hunter and Paul Nedelisky, Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality Frederiek Depoortere Maureen Junker-Kenny, Approaches to Theological Ethics: Sources, Traditions, Visions Mariele Courtois Nicholas Kahm, Aquinas on Emotion’s Participation in Reason Andrew Kim Jason King and Julie Hanlon Rubio, eds., Catholic Perspectives on Sex, Love, and Families Conor M. Kelly Rebecca Langlands, Exemplary Ethics in Ancient Rome Anthony Crescio Jerry L. Martin, ed., Theology Without Walls: The Transreligious Im-perative Daniele Clausnitzer Eli S. McCarthy, ed., A Just Peace Ethic Primer: Building Sustaina-ble Peace and Breaking Cycles of Violence Wesley Sutermeister Mary E. McGann, RSCJ, The Meal That Reconnects: Eucharistic Eating and the Global Food Crisis Lucas Briola Marcus Mescher, The Ethics of Encounter: Christian Neighbor Love as a Practice of Solidarity Vincent Miller Joseph Ogbonnaya and Lucas Briola, eds., Everything Is Intercon-nected: Towards a Globalization with a Human Face and an In-tegral Ecology Randall S. Rosenberg Matthew Petrusek and Jonathan Rothchild, eds., Value and Vulnera-bility: An Interfaith Dialogue on Human Dignity Peter Feldmeier D. C. Schindler, Freedom from Reality: The Diabolical Character of Modern Liberty Jerome C. Foss

Biomedicine and Beatitude

Biomedicine and Beatitude
Author: Austriaco Op Nicanor Pier Giorgio
Publsiher: CUA Press
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 0813233909
ISBN 13: 9780813233901
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biomedicine and Beatitude Book Review:

"Comprehensive overview of Catholic teaching on practical issues in modern medicine and bioethics. This second edition includes a new chapter on bodily modifications and a series of new figures, as well as bringing the original text up to date in light of the teachings of Pope Francis and recent events such as the covid-19 pandemic"--

Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics

Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics
Author: Martin Rhonheimer
Publsiher: CUA Press
Total Pages: 162
Release: 2009-10-01
ISBN 10: 0813217180
ISBN 13: 9780813217185
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics Book Review:

*A penetrating analysis of some of the most contested cases in Catholic medical ethics*

Good and Evil Actions

Good and Evil Actions
Author: Steven J. Jensen
Publsiher: CUA Press
Total Pages: 324
Release: 2010-03-01
ISBN 10: 081321727X
ISBN 13: 9780813217277
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good and Evil Actions Book Review:

In Good and Evil Actions, Steven J. Jensen navigates a path through the debate, retrieving what is of value from each interpretation

Religious Morality in John Henry Newman

Religious Morality in John Henry Newman
Author: Gerard Magill
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 231
Release: 2014-09-24
ISBN 10: 3319102710
ISBN 13: 9783319102719
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Morality in John Henry Newman Book Review:

This book is a systematic study of religious morality in the works of John Henry Newman (1801-1890). The work considers Newman’s widely discussed views on conscience and assent, analyzing his understanding of moral law and its relation to the development of moral doctrine in Church tradition. By integrating Newman’s religious epistemology and theological method, the author explores the hermeneutics of the imagination in moral decision-making: the imagination enables us to interpret complex reality in a practical manner, to relate belief with action. The analysis bridges philosophical and religious discourse, discussing three related categories. The first deals with Newman’s commitment to truth and holiness whereby he connects the realm of doctrine with the realm of salvation. The second category considers theoretical foundations of religious morality, and the third category explores Newman’s hermeneutics of the imagination to clarify his view of moral law, moral conscience, and Church tradition as practical foundations of religious morality. The author explains how secular reason in moral discernment can elicit religious significance. As a result, Church tradition should develop doctrine and foster holiness by being receptive to emerging experiences and cultural change. John Henry Newman was a highly controversial figure and his insightful writings continue to challenge and influence scholarship today. This book is a significant contribution to that scholarship and the analysis and literature comprise a detailed research guide for graduates and scholars.

After the Natural Law

After the Natural Law
Author: John Lawrence Hill
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016-02-08
ISBN 10: 168149700X
ISBN 13: 9781681497006
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

After the Natural Law Book Review:

The "natural law" worldview developed over the course of almost two thousand years beginning with Plato and Aristotle and culminating with St. Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century. This tradition holds that the world is ordered, intelligible and good, that there are objective moral truths which we can know and that human beings can achieve true happiness only by following our inborn nature, which draws us toward our own perfection. Most accounts of the natural law are based on a God-centered understanding of the world. After the Natural Law traces this tradition from Plato and Aristotle to Thomas Aquinas and then describes how and why modern philosophers such as Descartes, Locke and Hobbes began to chip away at this foundation. The book argues that natural law is a necessary foundation for our most important moral and political values – freedom, human rights, equality, responsibility and human dignity, among others. Without a theory of natural law, these values lose their coherence: we literally cannot make sense of them given the assumptions of modern philosophy. Part I of the book traces the development of natural law theory from Plato and Aristotle through the crowning achievement of Thomas Aquinas. Part II explores how modern philosophers have systematically chipped away at the only coherent foundation for these values. As a result, our most important moral and political ideals today are incoherent. Modern political and moral thinkers have been led either to dilute the meaning of such terms as freedom or the moral good – or abandon these ideas altogether. Thus, modern philosophy and political thought are leading us either toward anarchy or totalitarianism. The conclusion, entitled "Why God Matters", shows how even the philosophical assumptions of the natural law depend on a personal God.

Knowing the Natural Law

Knowing the Natural Law
Author: Steven Jensen
Publsiher: CUA Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2015-03-26
ISBN 10: 081322733X
ISBN 13: 9780813227337
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Knowing the Natural Law Book Review:

Knowing the Natural Law traces the thought of Aquinas from an understanding of human nature to a knowledge of the human good, from there to an account of ought-statements, and finally to choice, which issues in human actions. The much discussed article on the precepts of the natural law (I-II, 94, 2) provides the framework for a natural law rooted in human nature and in speculative knowledge. Practical knowledge is itself threefold: potentially practical knowledge, virtually practical knowledge, and fully practical knowledge.

The Perspective of Love

The Perspective of Love
Author: R. J. Snell
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2014-04-21
ISBN 10: 1630873438
ISBN 13: 9781630873431
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Perspective of Love Book Review:

While many of the Reformers considered natural law unproblematic, many Protestants consider natural law a "Catholic thing," and not persuasive. Natural law, it is thought, competes with the Gospel, overlooks the centrality of Christ, posits a domain of pure nature, and overlooks the noetic effects of sin. This "Protestant Prejudice," however strong, overlooks developments in contemporary natural law quite capable and willing to incorporate the usual objections into natural law. While the natural law itself is universal and invariant, theories about the natural law vary widely. The Protestant Prejudice may respond to natural law understood from within the modes of common sense and classical metaphysics, but largely overlooks contemporary natural law beginning from the first-person account of subjectivity and practical reason. Consequently, the sophisticated thought of John Paul II, Martin Rhonheimer, Germain Grisez, and John Finnis is overlooked. Further, the work of Bernard Lonergan allows for a natural law admitting of noetic sin, eagerly incorporating grace, community, the limits of history, a real but limited autonomy, and the centrality of Christ in a natural law that is both graced and natural.

Natural Law Today

Natural Law Today
Author: Christopher Wolfe,Steven Brust
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 186
Release: 2018-10-15
ISBN 10: 1498576435
ISBN 13: 9781498576437
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Natural Law Today Book Review:

Natural Law Today gives a strong voice to classical natural law theory as the best answers to the fundamental questions of ethics and as the best framework for political and social life. It explains various aspects of that theory and defends it against common misperceptions and criticisms.

Bound for Beatitude A Thomistic Study in Eschatology and Ethics

Bound for Beatitude A Thomistic Study in Eschatology and Ethics
Author: Reinhard Hütter
Publsiher: Catholic University of America Press
Total Pages: 512
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 0813231817
ISBN 13: 9780813231815
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bound for Beatitude A Thomistic Study in Eschatology and Ethics Book Review:

Bound for Beatitude is about St. Thomas Aquinas’s theology of beatitude and the journey thereto. Consequently, the work’s topic is the meaning and purpose of human life embedded in that of the whole cosmos. This study is not an antiquarian exercise in the thought of some sundry medieval thinker, but an exercise of ressourcement in the philosophical and theological wisdom of one of the most profound theologians of the Catholic Church, one whom the Church has canonized, granted the title “Doctor of the Church,” and for a long time regarded as the common doctor. This exercise of ressourcement takes its methodological cues from the common doctor; hence, it is an integrated exercise of philosophical, dogmatic, and moral theology. Its specific theological topic, the ultimate human end, perfect happiness, beatitude, and the journey thereto—stands at the very heart of St. Thomas’s theology. Far from being passé, his theology of beatitude is of urgent pertinence as the crisis of humanity and of creation and the exile of God seems to approach its apogee. By way of a presentation, interpretation, and defense of Thomas Aquinas’s doctrine of beatitude and the journey thereto, Bound for Beatitude advances an argument based on four theses: (1) The loss of a theology of beatitude has greatly impoverished contemporary theology. In order to succeed and flourish, theology must recover a sound teleological orientation. (2) In order to recover a sound teleological orientation, theology must recover metaphysics as its privileged instrument. (3) Thomas Aquinas provides a still pertinent model for how theology might achieve these goals in a metaphysically profound theology of beatitude and the beatific vision. Finally, (4) Aquinas’s rich and sophisticated account of the virtues charts the journey to beatitude in a way that still has analytic force and striking relevance in the early twenty-first century.

The Ethics of Pregnancy Abortion and Childbirth

The Ethics of Pregnancy  Abortion and Childbirth
Author: Helen Watt
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2016-01-08
ISBN 10: 1317283848
ISBN 13: 9781317283843
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Ethics of Pregnancy Abortion and Childbirth Book Review:

The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth addresses the unique moral questions raised by pregnancy and its intimate bodily nature. From assisted reproduction to abortion and ‘vital conflict’ resolution to more everyday concerns of the pregnant woman, this book argues for pregnancy as a close human relationship with the woman as guardian or custodian. Four approaches to pregnancy are explored: ‘uni-personal’, ‘neighborly’, ‘maternal’ and ‘spousal’. The author challenges not only the view that there is only one moral subject to consider in pregnancy, but also the idea that the location of the fetus lacks all inherent, unique significance. It is argued that the pregnant woman is not a mere ‘neighbor’ or helpful stranger to the fetus but is rather already in a real familial relationship bringing real familial rights and obligations. If the status of the fetus is conclusive for at least some moral questions raised by pregnancy, so too are facts about its bodily relationship with, and presence in, the woman who supports it. This lucid, accessible and original book explores fundamental ethical issues in a rich and often neglected area of philosophy in ways of interest also to those from other disciplines.

The Indissolubility of Marriage

The Indissolubility of Marriage
Author: Matthew Levering
Publsiher: Ignatius Press
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2019-05-10
ISBN 10: 1621642933
ISBN 13: 9781621642930
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Indissolubility of Marriage Book Review:

This well-researched book explains why the Catholic Church continues to teach marital indissolubility and addresses the numerous contemporary challenges to that teaching. It surveys the patristic witness to marital indissolubility, along with Orthodox and Protestant views, as well as historical-critical biblical exegesis on the contested biblical passages. It also surveys the Catholic tradition from the Trent through Benedict XVI, and it examines a Catholic argument that the Catholic Church's teaching can and should change. Then it explores Amoris Laetitia, the papal exhortation from Pope Francis on marriage, and the various major responses to it, with the issue of marital indissolubility at the forefront. Finally, it retrieves Aquinas's theology of marital indissolubility as a contribution to deepening current theological discussions. The author argues that Amoris Laetitia upholds the traditional Catholic teaching that a valid and consummated Christian marriage is absolutely indissoluble, in accord with the teachings of Jesus and the Apostle Paul, as solemnly and authoritatively taught by the Council of Trent and affirmed by later popes and the Second Vatican Council. He says that Amoris Laetitia should be interpreted and implemented in light of the doctrine of marital indissolubility: implementations that undermine this doctrine should be avoided. Levering says that numerous contemporary Catholic theologians and biblical scholars are mistakenly turning the indissolubility of marriage into contingent dissolubility based upon whether the spouses continue to act in loving ways toward each other. The sacrament's gift of objective indissolubility is thereby undermined. Fortunately, the main interpreters of Amoris Laetitia, whose views have been approved by Pope Francis, insist that the Apostolic Exhortation does not change the doctrine of marital indissolubility in any way.

Aquinas and the Theology of the Body

Aquinas and the Theology of the Body
Author: Thomas Petri
Publsiher: CUA Press
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2016-04-22
ISBN 10: 0813228476
ISBN 13: 9780813228471
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Aquinas and the Theology of the Body Book Review:

Pope John Paul's Theology of the Body catecheses has garnered tremendous popularity in theological and catechetical circles. Students of the Theology of the Body have generally interpreted it as innovative not only in its presentation of the Church's teaching on marriage and sexuality, but also as radically advancing that teaching. Aquinas and the Theology of the Body offers a somewhat different interpretation. Fr. Thomas Petri argues that the philosophy and theology of Thomas Aquinas substantially contributed to John Paul's intellectual formation, which he never abandoned. A correct interpretation of the Theology of the Body requires, therefore, a thorough understanding of Thomistic anthropology and theology, which has been mostly lacking in commentaries on the pope's important contributions on the subject of marriage and sexuality.

Natural Law

Natural Law
Author: Alejandro Néstor García Martínez,Mario Šilar,José M. Torralba
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 485
Release: 2009-03-26
ISBN 10: 1443808938
ISBN 13: 9781443808934
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Natural Law Book Review:

Modern moral and political philosophy is in debt with natural law theory, both in its ancient and mediaeval elaborations. While the very notion of a natural law has proved highly controversial among 20th Century scholars, the last decades have witnessed a renewed interest in it. Indeed, the threats and challenges as result of multiculturalism, plural societies and global changes have generated a renewed attention to natural law theory. Clearly, it offers solid basis as possible framework to a better understanding of human goods without contradictions and partial bias. The purpose of the present volume is to provide an overview of the history of this concept (Cicero, St. Paul, Aquinas, Melanchthon, Montaigne, Descartes, Leibniz, Hume, Burke, Kant, MacIntyre, etc.) as well as a deep understanding of ongoing research, both in Europe and in America. Furthermore, the specificity of these studies will be of particular value to philosophers, law-philosophers, historians, anthropologists, sociologists and theologians, and those concerned on such issues as the relation between law and moral norm, law and practical reason, and the presence of the idea of natural law in several prominent thinkers. It includes a selected bibliography on natural law. The book also provides an excellent introduction to several of the major topics in natural law theory making it useful both as a reference text and as a sourcebook for academics alike. "Natural law is a rich, complex, and highly disputed term. Since its first appearances in the history of Western civilization, it has been used both to point to God as the source of the moral order and to assert that there is an objective order of justice in nature that men and their laws ought to respect. In modern times, natural law theory gave birth to what we usually call “human rights.” Unlike the meaning of the term, the importance of an ongoing debate on natural law and on the theories related to it is undisputable. This is why I welcome today this new collection of essays edited by Alejandro Néstor García Martínez, Mario Šilar and José M. Torralba. Natural Law: Historical, Systematic and Juridical Approaches includes a wide variety of studies, covering key authors and issues in natural law theory. Younger students will appreciate the clarity of the chapters, and more trained readers the detailed and accurate bibliographical references that each of them offers. The editors’s choice to go from a historical approach to contemporary theories, and then to theoretical and more practical issues is also commendable. Students in philosophy and in legal theory will greatly benefit from this book." —Fulvio Di Blasi, author of God and the Natural Law: A Rereading of Thomas Aquinas