A Christian View of Ethics
Publication Year: 2012
This survey text for Christian ethics through a Catholic lens traces the sources and traditions of contemporary ethical principles, rules, and norms. It uses narrative in reaching out to students who seek to understand themselves as they face ethical decisions. Stories are employed to reflect one's own life and its meaning, as well as to prompt moral decision-making.
The book gives full treatment to criteria needed for ethical decision-making that students use in evaluating a series of contemporary issues, including abortion, end of life, torture, and others. The book includes numerous pedagogic features, including boxes, questions, key terms, suggested readings, and a glossary.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Books are like BaBies. they require nourishMent, outside expertise, many hours of work, and lots of sleep. This book began as a speck of a zygote, with nothing but the potential to press on, to divide, and to become some-thing tangible. While this book promises to be only an ordinary child—no Pulitzer progeny here—it has been nourished devotedly by many. Initially ...
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...christian and especially catholic Morals texts have proliferated over the past half dozen years. Publishers and professors alike want to move the discussion of morality beyond the Scylla and Charybdis of musty semi-nary manuals and oversimplistic texts for lay students, many of whom have been labeled baptized nonbelievers because of their lack of background in the ...
1. The Catholic Heritage
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...“a civilization is a heritage of beliefs, customs, and knowledge slowly accumulated in the course of centuries, elements difficult at times to justify by logic, but justifying themselves as paths when they lead What is the point of examining morality in a Catholic or even a broader Chris-tian context? Who needs religion at all, and, especially, who needs a bunch ...
2. A Narrative Model for Christian Ethics
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This refrain from a children’s song is familiar. We all enjoy a good narrative; from Goodnight Moon, which lulled us to sleep when we were children, to the latest Kindle download or People magazine exposé. While we love stories, we do not often reflect on how they affect and shape us. We do not realize the impact of narrative on how we think about things, and ultimately how we behave....
3. A Reasonable Approach
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...“Use your head.” How often are these words hurled at people, particularly children, who have just done something perceived to be wrong or just plain dumb? Isn’t this the way we should make moral decisions: using our head? Isn’t this relationship with Christ as important to morality just romantic baloney? If we “use our heads,” we will make good decisions, right? Or is ...
4. Beyond Reason: Extending the Content Horizon
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...“go with your gut.” “Man up.” “act like a lady.” “follow your heart.” “it’s all hormones, baby.” “truth? you can’t handle the truth!” Modern phrases such as these challenge reason’s claim as a sufficient tool for moral decision making. They suggest alternative moral decision-making pro-cesses to reason. Some presume specific content. When people move beyond ...
5. The Person: Moral Subject and Moral Norm
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...“don’t tread on me.” “do your own thing.” “free to be you and me.” “i am woman!” “hey, man, i can’t be the judge of what you do.”These phrases may reflect what the reader is thinking about now. After the previous chapters, personal relativism seems morally acceptable: what I do is right because I do it; what you do is your business. My heritage, my hormones, ...
6. Conscience: Connecting Sources, Persons, and Actions
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...“if you want to be a real boy . . . always let your conscience “within the depths of his conscience, man detects a law which he does not impose upon himself. . . . to obey it is the very dignity of man; Not only Jiminy Cricket, the bold and bowler-hatted character in the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio, but even the documents of Vatican II recognize the ...
7. The Process: Steps for Moral Decision Making
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...“the doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” Everyone appreciates a checklist to help deal with life’s tasks. Give us an instruction manual for car repair, putting together the fiberboard bookcase from the local Home Depot, or—for the really adventuresome—creating the perfect risotto. The last chapter combined the previous sections under the ...
8. The Issues: Applying Catholic Tradition
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...“there are different spiritual gifts but the same spirit; . . . Christians believe that God is the ultimate cause and destination of human life. Just as a traveler from the East Coast reaches California only after con-sidering and confirming options—bus, train, airplane, highway or byway; shortest way possible, slow scenic route—human beings reach their ultimate ...
Postscript: A Modest Proposal
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The careful harmony for this song, for which the author is grateful, is con-structed from many sources. In this book, readers can listen to stanzas drawn from official church teaching, theological reflection, and personal experience. The author learned to sing “Catholic” in Latin. The songs changed to English with Vatican II. The new lyrics spoke of human dignity and community, of ...
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Publication Year: 2012