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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (11 May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198267304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198267300
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.7 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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To begin a historical study of the making of moral theology with an examination of the influence of auricular confession may appear to some an intriguing, and to others an unattractive prospect; but however one regards it there is no doubt that the single most influential factor in the development of the practice and of the discipline of moral theology is to be found in the growth and spread of 'confession' in the Church. Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bulathwelage Anselm Shiran on 7 Oct 2009
Well I read most parts of the book and I am impressed with some of the presentations the author makes. For a moral student who wants to go through the history of moral theology this book gives a version of that history. With regard to the Catholic perspective and the Church's role in that history I sincerely believe that the author is a bit biased to make some of the assertions of the Church wrong. For example he makes a comment, over and over again, over the fact that, in the past, the church held that to be saved one needs to be baptized. Acording to the author this was an infallible teaching which later came to be changed. To my knowledge this doctrine of the Church was never pronounced as infallible. The author uses this assumption to say that whatever teaching the Church holds is alterable as the above mentioned doctrine was altered many years later.
In brief, I recommend this book to students of moral theology but only as reference book and recommend them to read other books as well.
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It's a good book for the beginners of moral theology for knowing what happened regarding moral theology at its initial stages. Good reading over all. The book was new as expected and very readable.
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History of moral theology 8 Aug 2014
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In this excellent and scholarly work, Catholic theologian John Mahoney examines the history of Christian moral theology, from the times of the New Testament and the Fathers of the church, through the medieval and modern period, and up to the contemporary era with controversies over issues like birth control, homosexuality, and authority and obedience in the church.

Mahoney takes a refreshingly critical and historical approach to the development of doctrine in the church in the moral sphere, seeing how some positions have changed over time (i.e. teachings on slavery or usury) but some basic core principles have remained the same, such as the unconditional love of God revealed by Jesus. It is a nice contrast to the 'the church is immutable so this teaching can never change' approach I see in many third-rate Catholic apologetics.

The book fits in well with other studies of moral reasoning and thinking in the Western tradition, such as the excellent works by Stephen Toulmin and Terence Irwin in the fields of casuistry and ethics.

This book is highly recommended and is also used as a standard textbook at the Catholic university where I study.
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