Author: Benedict M. Ashley, OP
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Theology is an effort to listen attentively to what God has to say to us, because God is wiser than we are and more concerned for us than we are for ourselves. In trying to understand and apply what God says to us, we must use our God-given intelligence and with it all the information and scientific analysis which human intelligence has made available to us to date. But we must not allow this merely human wisdom to drown out the voice of God, even when that voice frightens us or exposes the folly of our human ways of thinking and acting. Moral theology is truly theology. It is, therefore, not simply the application of philosophy, sociology, or psychology to the way we act or ought to act as human beings made in the image and likeness of God. It finds its roots in the moral instruction contained in Sacred Scriptures as understood in the light of the Spirit-guided Tradition of the Church. Following the way indicated in The Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor) by Pope John Paul II and embodied in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this textbook in moral theology returns to the sources, to Scripture and Tradition which maintain the universality and permanence of the moral law, and seeks to apply that law to the changed and changing circumstances of our own times.
About the Author: Benedict M. Ashley, OP, professor at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, is a highly respected author of several texts and countless articles on moral theology, including Choosing a World-View and Value-System (Alba House, 2000), Theologies of the Body: Humanist and Christian (Pope John Center, 1985) and, with Kevin D. O'Rourke, OP, Healthcare Ethics: A Theological Analysis (Catholic Health Association of the United States, 1989). A consultant for the Committee on Doctrine of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and a senior fellow of the Pope John Center of Medical Ethics in Boston, Mass., he has served as Aquinas lecturer at the Center for Thomistic Studies in Houston, and as Aquinas lecturer at the University of Dallas. He was recently honored with the Pro Ecclesiaet Pontifice medal from Pope John Paul II.
Book: 572 pages
ISBN: 978-0-8189-0756-2Prod. Code: 0756-8