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Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues

Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues

William C. Mattison III

| Brazos | 2008

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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.

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. 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 Theologica. While written primarily to and from a Roman Catholic perspective, this text will appeal to a wide range of Christian academics and believers interested in theology and ethics.

Author Bio

William C. Mattison III is assistant professor of theology at The Catholic University of America.

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This title is also included as a part of the following collection

  1. Baker Academic Catholic Theology Collection (4 vols.)