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Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues

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As college students develop their identities and construct their worldviews, they commonly wrestle with fundamental questions such as "Why be moral?" Taking into account feedback he has received from students and colleagues, William Mattison has craftedIntroducing Moral Theology ,...


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As college students develop their identities and construct their worldviews, they commonly wrestle with fundamental questions such as "Why be moral?" Taking into account feedback he has received from students and colleagues, William Mattison has craftedIntroducing Moral Theology, a masterful basic text on Catholic moral theology. Divided into two sections--"The Cardinal Virtues and the Good Life" and "Living Virtuously in the Christian Story"--this work provides a solid overview of classical virtue ethics (i.e., temperance, prudence, fortitude, and justice) as well as the theological virtues (i.e., faith, hope, and love).
Professors and students alike will appreciate the chapter objectives, terms and definitions, bibliographies, and case studies on timely, thorny issues such as premarital sex and euthanasia. Readers will also note that Introducing Moral Theology finds a kindred spirit with Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologica. While written primarily to and from a Roman Catholic perspective, this text will appeal to a wide swathe of Christian academics and believers interested in virtue ethics.
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Whether in the cafeteria, classroom, or dorm lounge, questions abound on college campuses. Not only do students grapple with existential issues but they also struggle with ethical ones such as "Why be moral?" In Introducing Moral Theology, William Mattison addresses this question as well as grapples with the impact that religious belief has on day-to-day living. Structured in two parts, this unique text on Catholic moral theology covers cardinal virtues (temperance, prudence, fortitude, and justice) as well as theological virtues (faith, hope, and love). It is equipped with study questions, terms and their definitions, and illustrative case studies. Rooted in the Catholic tradition, this overview will also appeal to non-Catholics interested in virtue ethics.
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As college students develop their identities and construct their worldviews, they commonly wrestle with fundamental questions such as "Why be moral?" Taking into account feedback he has received from students and colleagues, William Mattison has crafted Introducing Moral Theology, a masterful basic text on Catholic moral theology. This work provides a solid overview of classical virtue ethics (i.e., temperance, prudence, fortitude, and justice) as well as the theological virtues (i.e., faith, hope, and love). The book includes study questions, terms and definitions, bibliographies, and case studies on timely, thorny issues such as premarital sex and euthanasia. Readers will also note that Introducing Moral Theology draws deeply on Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae. While written primarily to and from a Roman Catholic perspective, this text will appeal to a wide swathe of Christian academics and believers interested in theology and ethics."Those of us who regularly teach introductory courses in theological ethics know how difficult it can be to present the relevant theories and issues in an effective way. So it is very high praise indeed when I say that Mattison has written a first-rate textbook for beginners in this challenging field. Appropriating Aquinas's organizing principle of the virtues, he draws together the main strands of the Catholic moral tradition in such a way as to reveal its inner logic, and to present this in a clear, accessible, and attractive way. He wears his considerable learning lightly, and while he clearly aims to present traditional Catholic moral teachings, he does so in a way that invites thoughtful engagement and dialogue. This would be suitable in a number of undergraduate and seminary contexts, and scholars in the field will find much of value here as well."--Jean Porter, Rev. John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame"The new wave in theology is virtue ethics, and Mattison rides it to new systematic heights. He lays out the role of virtue in the good life, shows how virtue relates morality to the rest of theology, then applies virtue ethics to concrete quandaries of Christian living today. Designed as an engaging classroom text, this book will also interest scholars of ethical theory."--Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
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"Those of us who regularly teach introductory courses in theological ethics know how difficult it can be to present the relevant theories and issues in an effective way. So it is very high praise indeed when I say that Mattison has written a first-rate textbook for beginners in this challenging field. Appropriating Aquinas's organizing principle of the virtues, he draws together the main strands of the Catholic moral tradition in such a way as to reveal its inner logic, and to present this in a clear, accessible, and attractive way. He wears his considerable learning lightly, and while he clearly aims to present traditional Catholic moral teachings, he does so in a way that invites thoughtful engagement and dialogue. This would be suitable in a number of undergraduate and seminary contexts, and scholars in the field will find much of value here as well."--Jean Porter, Rev. John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame"Introducing William Mattison, hospitable teacher, imaginative lecturer, brilliant raconteur, innovative (yet traditional) moralist, and above all, fellow journeyman on the road to the Kingdom of God! With his casual style, Mattison welcomes his readers into an engaging conversation about the virtuous life, discovered not through some tired lesson plan but through everyday lived, familiar, and shared experience. As he tackles hard questions, from drinking and sex to euthanasia and war, Mattison guides us to see the full possibility of virtue ethics. This no-nonsense book is filled with wisdom, humanity, and graciousness! Get it now!"--James F. Keenan, SJ, Founders Professor of Theology, Boston College"William Mattison's Introducing Moral Theology provides an excellent overview of the key issues concerning the Catholic approach to the moral life. He presents a clear exposition of basic Catholic principles and interprets them in light of concrete moral issues that will appeal to undergraduates. His writing is engaging as well as fair and balanced. Students in Catholic colleges and universities will benefit enormously from this fine overview."--Stephen J. Pope, professor of theological ethics, Boston College; author of Human Evolution and Christian Ethics "The new wave in theology is virtue ethics, and Mattison rides it to new systematic heights. He lays out the role of virtue in the good life, shows how virtue relates morality to the rest of theology, then applies virtue ethics to concrete quandaries of Christian living today. Designed as an engaging classroom text, this book will also interest scholars of ethical theory."--Lisa Sowle Cahill, Monan Professor of Theology, Boston College
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 275142
  • Product Code 9781587432231
  • ISBN 1587432234
  • EAN 9781587432231
  • Pages 432
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2008
  • Sales Rank 80221
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 111mm
  • Weight 0.571kg

William C Mattison

William C. Mattison III (PhD, University of Notre Dame) is assistant professor of theology at The Catholic University of America. He has edited and contributed to New Wine, New Wineskins: A Next Generation Reflects on Key Issues in Catholic Moral Theology and authored Introducing Moral Theology.

  • Introduction<br>1. Morality, Happiness, And The &quot;good Life&quot;: How Do I Live My Life, And Why Do I Live That Way?<br>2. Intentions, Good Acts, And Human Freedom<br>3. Why Virtue? The Moral Life As More Than Actions<br>4. The Virtue Of Temperance: Living A Passionate Moral Life<br>5. The Virtue Of Prudence: Knowing The Truth And Living It<br>6. Alcohol And American College Life: Test Case One<br>7. The Virtue Of Justice And Justice In Waging War<br>8. Using The Atom Bomb In World War Ii: Test Case Two<br>9. The Virtue Of Fortitude And The Unity Of The Virtues<br>10. A Transition: Actions, Practices, And Big-picture Beliefs About The Way Things Are<br>11. The Virtue Of Faith: Answering Big-picture Questions<br>12. Sin: Corruption Of Human Happiness<br>13. The Virtue Of Hope: Eternity In This Life And The Next<br>14. Jesus Christ: Incarnation And Life In Christ<br>15. The Virtue Of Charity: The Form Of The Christian Life<br>16. Grace: The Gift Of The Holy Spirit For The Virtuous Life<br>17. Chastity And Nonmarital Sex: Test Case Three<br>18. Euthanasia: Test Case Four<br>epilogue: Praying For Virtues<br>index

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