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Catholic Moral Theology in the United States: A History (Moral Traditions) [Hardcover]

By Charles E. Curran (Author)
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In this magisterial volume Charles E. Curran surveys the historical development of Catholic moral theology in the United States from its 19th century roots to the present day. He begins by tracing the development of pre-Vatican II moral theology that, with the exception of social ethics, had the limited purpose of training future confessors to know what actions are sinful and the degree of sinfulness.

Curran then explores and illuminates the post-Vatican II era with chapters on the effect of the Council on the scope and substance of moral theology, the impact of "Humanae vitae," Pope Paul VI's encyclical condemning artificial contraception, fundamental moral theology, sexuality and marriage, bioethics, and social ethics.

Curran's perspective is unique: For nearly 50 years, he has been a major influence on the development of the field and has witnessed first-hand the dramatic increase in the number and diversity of moral theologians in the academy and the Church. No one is more qualified to write this first and only comprehensive history of Catholic moral theology in the United States.

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  • Christian Century - 05/05/2009 page 23

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Studio: Georgetown University Press
Pages   353
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.18" Width: 6.44" Height: 1.15"
Weight:   1.49 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Georgetown University Press
ISBN  1589011953  
ISBN13  9781589011953  

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Charles E. Curran, a Roman Catholic priest of the Diocese of Rochester, New York, is Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University. He was the first recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for Theology and has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the American Theological Society. In 2003, Curran received the Presidential Award of the College Theology Society for a lifetime of scholarly achievements in moral theology, and in 2005, Call to Action presented him with its leadership award. He is the author of Loyal Dissent: Memoir of a Catholic Theologian, The Moral Theology of Pope John Paul II and Catholic Social Teaching, 1891-Present, all published by Georgetown University Press.

Charles E. Curran currently resides in Dallas, in the state of Texas. Charles E. Curran has an academic affiliation as follows - Southern Methodist University.

Charles E. Curran has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Moral Traditions
  2. Moral Traditions (Paperback)
  3. Reading in Moral Theology
  4. Readings in Moral Theology

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readable overview of American Catholic moral theology   Sep 29, 2008
Curran's book provides an excellent overview for those interested in the historical traditions and the major authors of American Catholic moral theology. I appreciated how he divided the book into two parts: history and topics. His evenhanded approach, where he cites both revisionist and traditionalist moral theology will be appreciated by all who want to look beyond the tensions between the two that has become a major part of the dialogue. I found especially useful his discussion of the importance of Humanae Vitae, Vatican II, and John Paul II on American scholarship of Catholic moral theology and his discussion of the fine contributions of American moral theologians; a topic sometimes overshadowed by European scholarship. This book is another example of the vast contribution of Charles Curran's intelligence and scholarship to Christian ethics.

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