9781570758812

The Christian Moral Life: Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society

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    9781570758812

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    1570758816

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  • Copyright: 9/30/2010
  • Publisher: Orbis Books

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Summary

This new introduction to moral theology is focused on Christ, rooted in the Scriptures, and connected to the sacramental and spiritual life. It views the Christian moral life as one of faithful discipleship imbued with Christian virtues. To make the discussion accessible to students, each of the ten chapters includes a conclusion, a list of key points, questions for reflection, and suggestions for further reading. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Patricia Lamoureux is the co-editor of Seeking Goodness and Beauty: The Use of the Arts in Theological Ethics and the author of numerous articles on Catholic moral theology. Paul J. Wadell is a professor of religious studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. He is the author of several books, including Friendship and the Moral Life, Becoming Friends, and Happiness and the Christian Moral Life.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. xiii
Prefacep. xv
The Call of Discipleship
"Come, Follow Me" (Mark 1:17)p. 1
Santiago's Callingp. 2
Biblical Perspectivesp. 4
The Hebrew Storyp. 4
The Call to Follow Jesusp. 6
Faithful Discipleshipp. 7
Called to Communityp. 9
A Framework for the Moral Lifep. 11
Theological and Authropological Underpinningsp. 11
The Gift-Call-Response Dynamic of the Moral Lifep. 13
Ambiguous Dimension of the Callp. 13
Responding to the Gift-Callp. 15
The Call of the Poorp. 17
A Community of Disciplesp. 18
Conclusionp. 20
Key Pointsp. 21
Questions for Reflectionp. 21
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 22
The Christian Moral Life and Learning to See
"Master, I Want to See" (Mark 10:51)p. 23
Human Beings as Masters of Illusionp. 25
The Dangerous Seductions of Fantasyp. 26
Obstacles to Correct Visionp. 27
Fantasy and Fearp. 28
The Fantasy of Consumerismp. 30
Buddhism and Learning to Seep. 32
From Murdoch and Buddha to Jesusp. 34
The Christian Moral Life and Learning How to Seep. 36
Sacred Storiesp. 37
Learning to Seep. 38
Parables-Being Shocked into New Ways of Seeingp. 39
Re-imagining Jesusp. 47
Conclusionp. 49
Key Pointsp. 50
Questions for Reflectionp. 50
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 51
The Treasure We Seek-The Regin of God and the Moral Life
"The Kingdom of God Is at Hand" (Mark 1:15)p. 52
Essential Characteristics of God's Reignp. 54
God's Reign Has Arrivedp. 54
God's Reign Is Gift and Taskp. 56
A Reign of Justice and Inclusivenessp. 58
The Eschatological Reign of Godp. 60
The Sermon on the Mountp. 61
The Beatitudes: Blessings for Righteousnessp. 62
Guidance for Righteous Livingp. 63
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Example of Righteous Livingp. 65
The Virtue of Hopep. 66
Analogical and Dialectical Imaginationsp. 69
Offering Hospitality to the Strangerp. 71
Conclusionp. 72
Key Pointsp. 73
Questions for Reflectionp. 73
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 74
Starting Over Again and Again: Sin and Conversion in the Christian Life
"Repent, and Believe in the Gospel" (Mark 1:15)p. 75
Sinp. 77
How Should We Talk about Sin?p. 79
Some Initial Conclusions about Sinp. 81
Categories of Sinp. 87
Original Sinp. 92
Conversionp. 93
Conversion-What Does It Mean?p. 94
Conversion-Why Does It Happen?p. 96
Some Initial Conclusions about Conversionp. 98
Faithp. 101
What Does It Mean to Say, "I Believe"?p. 102
Faith in the Christian Lifep. 103
Conclusionp. 106
Key Pointsp. 107
Questions for Reflectionp. 107
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 107
The Virtues-How to Be Good at Being Human
"Make Every Effort to Supplement Your Faith with Virtue" (2 Peter 1:5)p. 109
Goodness, Happiness, and the Virtuesp. 110
The Connection between Happiness, Goodness, and the Virtuesp. 111
Virtuesp. 115
Why Do We Need the Virtues?p. 118
How We Acquire the Virtuesp. 120
The Cardinal Virtuesp. 124
Virtues in Other Traditionsp. 135
Virtues in the Christian Lifep. 137
Theological Virtuesp. 138
Infused Moral Virtuesp. 140
Jesus and the Christian Moral Lifep. 141
Conclusionp. 142
Key Pointsp. 143
Questions for Reflectionp. 143
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 143
Conscience-Exploring a Gift Too Precious to Lose
"Your Conscience Bears Witness" (Romans 2:15)p. 145
What It Means to Have a Consciencep. 148
The Bible and Consciencep. 148
Conscience in the Theology of Thomas Aquinasp. 151
Contemporary Accounts of Consciencep. 153
What Does This Tell Us about Conscience?p. 155
What Shapes Our Conscience-For Better or Worsep. 157
How Relationships and Communities Shape Our Consciencep. 158
How Our Social and Cultural Contexts Shape Our Consciencep. 159
The Development and Formation of Consciencep. 163
Five Steps to Considerp. 164
The Role of Prayer in the Formation of Consciencep. 166
The Role of the Church in the Formation of Consciencep. 168
Fostering Healthy Moral Communitiesp. 172
Being of One Mind and Heart with Christp. 174
Conclusionp. 176
Key Pointsp. 177
Questions for Reflectionp. 177
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 177
Love-The Only True Path to Life
"Whoever Does Not Love Remains in Death" (1 John 3:14)p. 179
Why the Human Vocation Is a Vocation to Lovep. 181
Images of a God Who Is Lovep. 181
We're Neighbors Whether We Like It or Not!p. 182
Putting Others at the Center of Our Livesp. 184
Are We Called to Love Ourselves?p. 185
How Love Worksp. 186
What Are We Doing When We Love?p. 186
What Does Loving Well Require?p. 189
Different Kinds of Lovep. 194
Agapep. 195
Erosp. 197
Friendshipp. 198
Extending the Circle of Lovep. 200
The Zakatp. 201
Love for All of God's Creationp. 202
Conclusionp. 204
Key Pointsp. 205
Questions for Reflectionp. 205
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 205
The Paschal Mystery and the Moral Life
"If We Die with Christ, We Live with Him" (Romans 6:8)p. 206
The Paschal Mystery in the New Testamentp. 207
Sacrifice as an Act of Love Freely Offeredp. 209
A Story of Redemptive Lovep. 210
The Problem of Servitudep. 211
Patient Endurancep. 213
Love and Sufferingp. 214
The Cross of Compassionp. 216
Compassion in Buddhismp. 217
The Problem of Apathyp. 219
Transformative Love of the Resurrectionp. 221
Conclusionp. 224
Key Pointsp. 224
Questions for Reflectionp. 225
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 225
The Spirit and Moral Discernment
"Do Not Quench the Spirit" (1 Thessalonians 5:19)p. 226
Manifestations of the Spirit in the Biblep. 228
The Spirit and Moral Discernmentp. 229
Ethical Modelsp. 230
The Gifts of the Spiritp. 233
Connatural Knowledgep. 233
The Gift of Wisdomp. 235
Wisdom as Tasting Knowledge in Sufismp. 235
The Law of the Spiritp. 237
Community and Moral Discernmentp. 239
Prayer and Moral Discernmentp. 241
Conclusionp. 244
Key Pointsp. 244
Questions for Reflectionp. 245
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 245
The Mission of Public Discipleship
"Go and Make Disciples of All Nations" (Matthew 28:16-20)p. 246
Tension and Ambivalencep. 247
Biblical Perspectivesp. 247
Theological Perspectivesp. 248
The Value of Public Life for Discipleshipp. 251
The Dichotomy between Private and Public Lifep. 253
A Public Churchp. 254
A Vision of the Good Lifep. 255
Virtue of Solidarityp. 257
Love and Justicep. 258
The Meaning of Justicep. 259
Participation and Collaborationp. 260
Conclusionp. 261
Key Pointsp. 264
Questions for Reflectionp. 264
Suggestions for Further Reading and Studyp. 264
Notesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 299
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