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A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century

From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences

By S.J. Keenan, James F.

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Format: Hardcover, 248 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 February 2010
This is an historical survey of 20th Century Roman Catholic Theological Ethics (also known as moral theology). The thesis is that only through historical investigation can we really understand how the most conservative and negative field in Catholic theology at the beginning of the 20th could become by the end of the 20th century the most innovative one. The 20th century begins with moral manuals being translated into the vernacular. After examining the manuals of Thomas Slater and Henry Davis, Keenan then turns to three works and a crowning synthesis of innovation all developed before, during and soon after the Second World War. The first by Odon Lottin asks whether moral theology is adequately historical; Fritz Tillmann asks whether it's adequately biblical; and, Gerard Gilleman, whether it's adequately spiritual. Bernard Haering integrates these contributions into his Law of Christ. Of course, people like Gerald Kelly and John Ford in the US are like a few moralists elsewhere, classical gate keepers, censoring innovation. But with Humanae vitae, and successive encyclicals, bishops and popes reject the direction of moral theologians.

Table of Contents

Preface; New Beginnings; 1. Moral Pathology and The Manualists; 2. The Inbreaking of History: Odon Lottin's Initiatives and His Legacy; 3. The Scriptures and Love: Tillman and Gilleman; Either/or; 4. Moving toward two tracks: Pius Xii, Bernard Haring and Reaction; 5. ultimate authorities? Conscience and the Magisterium: Fuchs, Paul VI, and John Ford:; 6. European Revisionism (universities) and American Proportionalism debate: Hoose; Both and; 7. Feminism and Natural Law; 8. Justice and virtue; 9. Inculturation and Liberation; New vision, new competence; 10. Epilogue: Working Locally, dialoging Globally.

About the Author

James F. Keenan, S.J., is professor of theological ethics at Boston College. He was principal editor of Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS Prevention and is the author of numerous books, including The Works of Mercy: The Heart of Catholicism, Moral Wisdom: Lessons and Texts from the Catholic Tradition, Virtues for Ordinary Christians, Commandments of Compassion, Goodness and Rightness in Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae, and (with Daniel Harrington) Jesus and Virtue Ethics annd Paul and Virtue Ethics.

Reviews

Mention in Rassegna Bibliografica Internazionale, 2010. "Remolding material from a doctoral seminar he taught for 15 years, Keenan introduces students to the intellectual history of 20th-century Catholic moral theology and to the people who developed and debated it. He limits his study to such fundamentals as conscience, sin, love, virtue, and authority, and omits ethical concerns relating to society, sex, medicine, corporations, and the like. His topics are the moral manualists, Odon Lottin initiating reform, Fritz Tillmann and Gerard Gilleman retrieving scripture and charity, Berhard Haring's synthesis, the neo-manualists, for foundations for moral reasoning 1970-89, new foundations for a theological anthropology 1980-2000, and toward a global discourse on suffering and solidarity. A brief afterword reviews the encyclicals of Benedict XVI." - Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc. Reviewed in Church Times 17 September (UK) 'This is precisely what it says on the cover: a very thorough and very detailed account of the various developments in moral theology over the last century' "Keenan...writes with the deftness, enthusiasm, and thoroughness one would expect from one of today's most prolific figures in the field....Highly recommended." - Choice 'Whichever camp you are in this book will provide much food for thought. It touches on many of the burning moral issues that have captivated and divided Catholics over the past several decades and it ends with some optimistic words about the future.' Catholic Herald, 2nd July 2010 'James F. Keenan has crafted an insightful narrative reflecting the contributions of multiple theologians associated with moral theology during the past century.'--Sanford Lakoff 'Keenan's historical presentation is invaluable...helping the reader to enter the conversation and come to a balanced appraisal of the different ways of doing moral theology.'--Sanford Lakoff "Remolding material from a doctoral seminar he taught for 15 years, Keenan introduces students to the intellectual history of 20th-century Catholic moral theology and to the people who developed and debated it. He limits his study to such fundamentals as conscience, sin, love, virtue, and authority, and omits ethical concerns relating to society, sex, medicine, corporations, and the like. His topics are the moral manualists, Odon Lottin initiating reform, Fritz Tillmann and Gerard Gilleman retrieving scripture and charity, Berhard Haring's synthesis, the neo-manualists, for foundations for moral reasoning 1970-89, new foundations for a theological anthropology 1980-2000, and toward a global discourse on suffering and solidarity. A brief afterword reviews the encyclicals of Benedict XVI." - Eithne O'Leyne, BOOK NEWS, Inc.International Journal of Public Theology Mention in Rassegna Bibliografica Internazionale, 2010.America: The National Catholic Weekly

EAN: 9780826429285
ISBN: 0826429289
Publisher: Continuum
Dimensions: 23.11 x 15.75 x 2.54 centimetres (0.50 kg)
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