An Intelligent Person's Guide to Christian Ethics
From a view that could be described as enlightened orthodoxy, McCoy tackles a wide range of issues, such as* Is there a Christian perspective on the war in Iraq that is not simply a human perspective? What is a distinctly...
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From a view that could be described as enlightened orthodoxy, McCoy tackles a wide range of issues, such as* Is there a Christian perspective on the war in Iraq that is not simply a human perspective? What is a distinctly Christian view in modern secularized society? As scientific progress raises moral issues of dazzling complexity, do traditional attitudes to abortion, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization and human embryology still make any sense? How long should we prolong life? Should we ever assist death? Topics covered include The Bible; Natural Law; Authority of the moral teaching of the Church; Conscience; Justice; Property; The Law; Peace, Violence and War; Sex, Sexuality and Relationships; Truth and Lies; Organ Transplants; Euthanasia. The issues are complicated, and Fr Alban McCoy is a sure and enlightened guide.
mccoy is associate catholic chaplain at the university of cambridge, lecturer in theology at allen hall, and literary editor for the tablet.
- Part One; Introduction; Morality And Religion; Amoralism; Morality Presupposes Freedom, But Where Are We? Freedom; Conscience; Cultural Relativism; Kant: Absolutism Versus Consequentialism; Unilateralism: Bentham And Mill; Aristotle And The Life Of Virtue; Part Two; The Structure Of Moral Judgements; A Classical Christian Moral Account: St Thomas Aquinas; Conclusion