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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Abbreviations and Translations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Part I. Moral Theology in General
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. 1. In the Image of God
  2. pp. 7-25
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  1. 2. The History of Human Nature
  2. pp. 26-39
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  1. 3. Happiness: God’s Goal for Humans
  2. pp. 40-52
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  1. 4. Moral Methodology in the Bible
  2. pp. 53-65
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  1. 5. The Individual Steps on the Journey: Human Actions
  2. pp. 66-88
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  1. 6. The Transforming Power of Grace
  2. pp. 89-98
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  1. 7. Law: Guidance to Proper Actions
  2. pp. 99-112
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  1. 8. Virtue: Good Habits Perfecting the Natural Inclinations
  2. pp. 113-131
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  1. 9. Guidance from the Holy Spirit
  2. pp. 132-144
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  1. 10. Sin, Temptation, and Vice: The Road to Unhappiness
  2. pp. 145-156
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  1. 11. Completing the Map to Happiness
  2. pp. 157-170
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  1. Part II. The Individual Virtues and Laws
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. 12. Faith: The First Virtue of the Moral Life
  2. pp. 173-182
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  1. 13. Hope: Trust in God’s Mercy
  2. pp. 183-188
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  1. 14. Charity: Friendship with God
  2. pp. 189-214
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  1. 15. Prudence: The Virtue of Making Good Decisions
  2. pp. 215-223
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  1. 16. Justice: Part One
  2. pp. 224-241
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  1. 17. Justice: Part Two
  2. pp. 242-256
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  1. 18. Temperance: The Virtue of Enjoying Truly Good Things
  2. pp. 257-277
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  1. 19. Fortitude: The Virtue of Striving for Truly Good Things
  2. pp. 278-284
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 285-287
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 288-346
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 347-352
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 353-358
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780268101831
Related ISBN
9780268101817
MARC Record
OCLC
975998423
Pages
480
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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