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A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology [Paperback]

By James T. Bretzke (Author)
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How can people celebrate the gospel of life in their daily lives? What about cloning? Is euthanasia morally acceptable in certain cases, such as terminal illness? In case of health reasons, mental illness, pregnancy due to rape, etc., is abortion morally acceptable? Are you in favor of the use of contraceptives, both natural and artificial? A Morally Complex World will not answer such complex questions in detail, but it does provide a framework for trying to grapple better with the first question of how we should lead our moral lives in general, as well as some of the concrete ethical issues the other three questions raise. A Morally Complex World is an accessible introduction to moral theology covering the methodology of moral theology; basic concepts such as conscience and moral agency; natural law, moral norms; how the Bible can be used in Christian ethics; how to dialogue on contested ethical issues; how to consider sin and moral failure; and finally, how to mediate moral principles and moral teaching in a pastorally sensitive manner in concrete life situations.

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How can people celebrate the gospel of life in their daily lives? What about cloning? Is euthanasia morally acceptable in certain cases, such as terminal illness? In case of health reasons, mental illness, pregnancy due to rape, etc., is abortion morally acceptable? Are you in favor of the use of contraceptives, both natural and artificial?

"A Morally Complex World" will not answer such complex questions in detail, but it does provide a framework for trying to grapple better with the first question of how we should lead our moral lives in general, as well as some of the concrete ethical issues the other three questions raise. "A Morally Complex World" is an accessible introduction to moral theology covering the methodology of moral theology; basic concepts such as conscience and moral agency; natural law, moral norms; how the Bible can be used in Christian ethics; how to dialogue on contested ethical issues; how to consider sin and moral failure; and finally, how to mediate moral principles and moral teaching in a pastorally sensitive manner in concrete life situations.

Chapters are Mapping a Moral Methodology," *The Natural Law and Moral Norms: Moving Along the Rational Claim Axis, - *Scripture and Ethics: Moving Along the Sacred Claim Axis, - *The Sanctuary of Conscience: Where the Axes Intersect, - *Modes of Moral Discourse: Navigating Towards a Common Ground, - *Navigating in the Morally Complex World: Casuistry with a Human Face, - and *Sin and Failure in a Morally Complex World. -

"James T. Bretzke, SJ, STD, is associate professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Francisco, and an adjunct professor of moral theology at the Jesuit School of Theology-at-Berkeley. He has written three books, including Consecrated Phrases: A Latin Theological Dictionary, published by Liturgical Press, which won an award from the Catholic Press Association. He has also authored over fifty articles and scholarly reviews in the areas of Roman Catholic moral theology and cross-cultural ethics.""

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Studio: Michael Glazier Books
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.92" Width: 6" Height: 0.61"
Weight:   0.92 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 22, 2004
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814651585  
ISBN13  9780814651582  


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James T. Bretzke, SJ, is a professor of moral theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Previously, he was department chair at the University of San Francisco and taught at Jesuit universities and theologates in Rome, Seoul, Manila, Berkeley, and Milwaukee. He is the author of several books, including A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology; his "A Burden of Means: Interpreting Recent Catholic Magisterial Teaching on End-of-Life Issues" won the 2007 College Theology Society's Best Article Award.



James T. Bretzke currently resides in the state of California. James T. Bretzke was born in 1952.

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The Conscience is more than Jiminy Cricket  Jan 30, 2008
A Morally Complex World: Engaging Contemporary Moral Theology by James Bretzke is a wonderful book for anyone interested in moral development and theology. Bretzke does not write down to the reader but challenges them to think. He does a wonderful job bringing morals and ethics from Aristotle to the modern day thinkers. His chapter on conscience is definitely the peak reading of this book, making the reader look for more on the subject. A conscience in this morally complex world is more than Jiminy Cricket.
 
Redefining Morality and the True Teachings of Vatican II  Mar 26, 2005
In this book Fr. Bretzke teaches complex methods for evaluating the morality of actions - while Catholics who follow traditional teachings would call the same actions "sins" without Bretzke's methods. Putting individual conscience above Church teachings identifies Fr. Bretzke with a breed of theologians who believe the Vatican II Council licensed them to redefine what the Church teaches and to claim that traditional Catholic morality is wrong. People who think the way Fr. Bretzke does never bother to explain why they stay in a Church they believe was so misguided for so long, or how they were granted the grace to understand more than the great saints that came before them.

Fr. Bretzke impugns the maturity of people who base their values on what the Magisterium teaches, using statements like the following: "To sit back and wait for a clear-cut response from any outside moral authority, even if it be the Pope, would result in a sort of moral infantilism."

Fr. Bretzke does not credit the writings of others who defend the Church's traditional teachings, prominently Pope John Paul II.

The following quote from the Pope's encyclical on moral theology seems to apply to theologians like him.
" Certain currents of modern thought ... exalt freedom to such an extent that it becomes an absolute, which would then be the source of values. . . [T]he traditional doctrine ... is rejected; certain of the Church's moral teachings are found simply unacceptable; and the Magisterium itself is considered capable of intervening in matters of morality only in order to `exhort consciences' and to `propose values,' in the light of which each individual will independently make his or her decisions and life choices."
 
Superb Introduction to Moral Theology  Jan 26, 2005
A good book for the layman who wishes to become familiar with moral theology. Easy to read, clear, complete, and useful for spiritual growth.
 

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