Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act Book

Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act

  • Author : Becket Soule
  • Publisher : Catholic University of America Press
  • Release Date : 2015-10-11
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 1932589732

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Natura Pura Book

Natura Pura

  • Author : Steven A. Long
  • Publisher : Fordham Univ Press
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 282
  • ISBN 10 : 9780823231058

Natura Pura Book Description :

From speculative theology to the exegesis of Aquinas, to contemporary North American philosophy and Catholic social and ethical thought, to the thought of Benedict XVI, this work argues the crucial importance of the proportionate natural end within the context of grace and supernatural beatitude. Long argues that, in the effort to avoid naturalism, Henri de Lubac unwittingly consummated the loss of nature as a normative principle within theology, both doctrinally and exegetically with respect to the teaching of Aquinas. The author argues that this constitutes an understandable but grave error. De Lubac's view of the matter was adopted and extended by Hans Urs von Balthasar in The Theology of Karl Barth, in which Balthasar argues that Aquinas could not even consider pure nature because it was "impossible for him even to make the conceptual distinction implied by this problem," a view contradicted by Aquinas's text. Long argues that in The Theology of Karl Barth, Balthasar's account evacuates nature of its specific ontological density and treats it as "mere createdness as such," a kind of dimensionless point terminating the line of grace. Given the loss of natura within theological method, its recovery requires philosophic instrumentalities. In its third chapter this book argues that by reason of its lack of any unified philosophy of nature or metaphysics, the analytic thought so widespread in Anglophone circles is merely a partial metaphilosophy and so cannot replace the role of classical Thomism within theology. The fourth chapter argues against those who construe affirmation of a proportionate natural end as equivalent to social Pelagianism or minimalism in the public square, engaging the work of Jacques Maritain, Jean Porter, and David Schindler, Sr. In an appendix, the author examines the early thought of Cardinal Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI, and its development toward the Regensburg Lecture.

Ressourcement Thomism Book

Ressourcement Thomism

  • Author : Romanus Cessario
  • Publisher : CUA Press
  • Release Date : 2010
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 409
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813217857

Ressourcement Thomism Book Description :

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.

Biblical Natural Law Book

Biblical Natural Law

  • Author : Matthew Levering
  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2008-03-21
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191538667

Biblical Natural Law Book Description :

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.

The Christian Moral Life Book

The Christian Moral Life

  • Author : John Rziha
  • Publisher : University of Notre Dame Pess
  • Release Date : 2017-06-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9780268101848

The Christian Moral Life Book Description :

To take a journey, travelers must know where they are, where they are going, and how to get there. Moral theology examines the same three truths. The Christian Moral Life is a handbook for moral theology that uses the theme of a journey to explain its key ethical concepts. First, humans begin with their creation in the image of God. Secondly, the goal of the journey is explained as a loving union with God, to achieve a share in his eternal happiness. Third and finally, the majority of the book examines how to attain this goal. Within the journey motif, the book covers the moral principles essential for attaining true happiness. Based on an examination of the moral methodology in the bible, the book discusses the importance of participating in divine nature through grace in order to attain eternal happiness. It further notes the role of law, virtue, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit in guiding and transforming humans into friends of God, who participate in his happiness. Following this section on moral theology in general, the book analyzes the individual virtues to give more concrete guidance. The entire project builds upon the insights of great Christian thinkers, such as Thomas Aquinas, Thérèse of Lisieux, and John Paul II, to uncover the moral wisdom in scripture and to show people how to be truly happy both in this life and the next. This book will be of great interest to undergraduate students of moral theology, priests and seminarians, parents and teachers seeking to raise and to form happy children, and anyone interested in discovering the meaning of true happiness.

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology Book

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology

  • Author : William C. Mattison, III
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-07-13
  • Genre: Bibles
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107171480

The Sermon on the Mount and Moral Theology Book Description :

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 Book

Peter Lombard

  • Author : W. Becket Soule
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2016-05-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 1932589740

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Nova Et Vetera Book

Nova Et Vetera

  • Author :
  • Publisher :
  • Release Date : 2008
  • Genre: Christianity
  • Pages :
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39015079781509

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Good and Evil Actions Book

Good and Evil Actions

  • Author : Steven J. Jensen
  • Publisher : CUA Press
  • Release Date : 2010-03-01
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 324
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813217277

Good and Evil Actions Book Description :

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