The Origins of Moral Theology in the United States
Three Different Approaches
By (author) Charles E. Curran
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Origins of Moral Theology in the United States by Charles E. Curran
Book DescriptionCharles E. Curran presents the first in-depth analysis of the origins of Catholic moral theology in the United States, focusing on three significant figures in the late nineteenth century and demonstrating that methodological pluralism and theological diversity existed in the Church even then. Curran begins by tracing the historical development of moral theology, especially as presented in nineteenth-century manuals of moral theology, which offered a legal model of morality including a heavy emphasis on canon law. He then probes the different approaches and ideas of three important writers: Aloysius Sabetti, a Jesuit who was a typical, as well as the most influential, American manualist; Thomas J. Bouquillon, first chair of moral theology at Catholic University of America, a neoscholastic who criticized the manuals' approach as narrow and incomplete for failing to address principles, virtues, and the connection to systematic theology; and clerical educator John B. Hogan, a casuist who developed a more inductive and historically conscious methodology. Curran describes how all three men dealt in different ways with the increasing role of authoritative teachings in moral theology from the Vatican. He also shows how they reflected their American context and the views of their own time on women and sexuality. So little attention has been paid to the development of moral theology in this country that these authors are unknown to many scholars. Curran's book corrects this oversight and proposes that the ferment revealed in their writings offers important lessons for contemporary Catholic moral theology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780878406357
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Georgetown University Press
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Bringing in a unique historical and critical analysis to the study of Catholic moral theology, the authors focuses on differentiating Catholic moral theology from other forms of Christian ethics, include sin and the manuals of moral theology. He also shed light on how strands have developed and changed our understanding of moral theology.
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Author Biography - Charles E. Curran
Charles E. Curran is Elizabeth Scurlock University Professor of Human Values at Southern Methodist University.
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