Catholic Moral Theology and Social Ethics

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BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNER, COLLEGE THEOLOGY SOCIETY

WINNER, CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD - THEOLOGY 3rd Place

This book recasts our understanding of the disciplines of moral theology and social ethics by drawing from the wealth of the entire theological enterprise, including scripture, systematic theology, Catholic social teaching and Ignatian spirituality.

Christina Astorga structures her new method in terms of vision, norm, and choice.  Moral vision, shaped by culture, religion, scriptures, and systematic theology, is the wellspring from which morality flows.  Moral norms, as grounded in Catholic social teachings, mediate moral vision toward choice and action.  Directed by an integrated ethical methodology for conflict situations, moral choice which incarnates moral vision and norm is brought into the illumination of spiritual discernment.

"Striking original work...incisive, spiritually attuned, globally sensitive."--Lisa Sowle Cahill, J. Donald Monan Professor of Moral Theology, Boston College

"A summa of post-Vatican II Catholic moral theology and social ethics, this magisterial work...offers a creative synthesis of Catholic moral thinking today."--Roger Haight, S.J., Union Theological Seminary

Christina A. Astorga was Chair of the Theology Department of the Ateneo de Manila University-Loyola Schools.  After fellowships at Boston College and Georgetown University and visitng professorships at the University of San Diego and Canisius College, she became founding director of the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought at Dusquesne University.  She completed her new book as a Visiting Research Scholar at Fordham University.  She is currently teaching Christian Ethics and Christian Medical  Ethics at Gonzaga University.

Book Details

Title:
Catholic Moral Theology and Social Ethics
Subtitle:
A New Method
Author:
Christina A. Astorga
Includes:
Index
Pages:
571
Binding:
Softcover
Astorga makes an important contribution to the discipline taking stock of where Catholic moral theology has been since Vatican II, noting ground that has yet to be covered, and then proposing a method that constructs rather than deconstructs the tradition in order to fill that gap. She does so with a clear passion for the cultural and collective dimensions of the moral life. Given the wisdom unearthed in this book, the reader is left with a sense that moral agents are not involved in the process of making decisions, but discovering them.
Combining a remarkable array of methods and trends since the Second Vatican Council, along with an emphasis on Ignatian discernment, this volume lays out a rich account of moral theology and social ethics that is especially attuned to the complex issues of globalization.
This is a brilliantly written work that provides a remarkable compendium of a complex discipline. We are in A.’s debt for her audacity and generosity in undertaking this study. The book’s introduction could provide advanced undergraduates with a comprehensive overview of postconciliar moral theology. This monograph is an instructive case study for graduate students of how one can strive to master the sprawling field of theological ethics, with its daunting methodological pluralism and
increasing cultural complexity, with both elegance and grace.
... a new classic - an exemplary work and a landmark in the field - worthy of becoming required reading for current and future theologians. It is highly recommended for university, seminary, rectory, and parish libraries.
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