What is an engaged reading of scripture?
-An approach informed by quest for meaning
-New forms of biblical criticism (contextual, narrative, rhetorical, reader-response)
address these new questions of meaning
Sept. 8, 2014
What is morality?
-living a good and just life
-making good and bad decisions
-actions = right/wrong
-characters, habits of being, decisions = good/evil
-something we do everyday
Oct. 6, 2014
What kind of knowledge is required for moral genuinely moral action?
-Speculative vs. Evaluative knowledge:
-Speculative knowledge information that a person happens to possess but that a
Key things to know in evaluating free action
-Object (of an act) What was done?
-Intentions (of an act) Why was it done?
- Circumstances (of an act)
Three-font Principle of Moral Action
-this is about both
-*exitus-reditus = exiting and returning from union with God
! this should affect our daily interactions with other people
-Cross and resurrection
! ultimate theme of the church reminds us of the larger
Why be morally good?
- fulfillment, expectations, practical, happiness
- morality of obligation vs. morality of happiness
Morality of Obligation
Morality of Happiness
- there is a social norm to follow
- living a go
Sept. 29, 2014
Church as a Source of Catholic Morality
-the church works along side natural law and scripture as sources of Catholic
-canon was generated but handing the stories down orally through gene
Sept. 22, 2014
-scripture is never understood as the sole moral source
-natural law is in scriptural text
-there are certain scriptures that are explicitly moral and some that arent but
Sept. 15, 2014
Sources of Catholic Morality
Main Topic: gradual transition to the use of scripture in Catholics Morality
-we recognize that revelation plans a key role in understanding moral truths
Who is Jesus?
-From scientific objectivity to probability
-we cannot get around the fact that scripture does play a huge part in morality
-Accuracy vs. truth
-Inseparability of historical Jesus from proclaimed Jesus
-These are less easily transcended
-freedom is hindered more dramatically
-Sin depends on conditions of knowledge and freedom