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History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century


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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.


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.
"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
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'
'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

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