The Acting Person and Christian Moral Life

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Georgetown University Press, Nov 18, 2011 - Religion - 226 pages

What may we say about the significance of particular moral actions for one’s relationship with God? In this provocative analysis of contemporary Catholic moral theology Darlene Fozard Weaver shows the person as a moral agent acting in relation to God. Using an overarching theological context of sinful estrangement from and gracious reconciliation in God, Weaver shows how individuals negotiate their relationships with God in and through their involvement with others and the world.

Much of current Christian ethics focuses more on persons and their virtues and vices exemplified by the work of virtue ethicists or on sinful social structures illustrated in the work of liberation theologians. These judgments fail to appreciate the reflexive character of human action and neglect the way our actions negotiate our response to God. Weaver develops a theologically robust moral anthropology that advances Christian understanding of persons and moral actions and contends we can better understand the theological import of moral actions by seeing ourselves as creatures who live, move, and have our being in God.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Persons and Actions in Christian Ethics
5
Sin and Sins
31
3 Intimacy with God and SelfRelation
65
4 Fidelity to God and Moral Acting
93
5 Truthfulness before God and Naming Moral Actions
131
6 Reconciliation in God and Christian Life
161
Bibliography
199
Index
211
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About the author (2011)

Darlene Fozard Weaver is an associate professor of theology and director of the Theology Institute at Villanova University. She is the author of Self Love and Christian Ethics and coeditor of The Ethics of Embryo Adoption and the Catholic Tradition.

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