Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christliche Ethik Im Portrat: Leben Und Werk Bedeutender Moraltheologen

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Christliche Ethik Im Portrat: Leben Und Werk Bedeutender Moraltheologen

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CHRISTLICHE ETHIK IM PORTRAT: LEBEN UND WERK BEDEUTENDER MORALTHEOLOGEN. Edited by Konrad Hilpert. Freiburg: Herder, 2012. Pp. 901. 58. [euro]

As Hilpert notes, when thinking of Catholic theological ethics, we inevitably turn to matters like norms, prohibitions, virtues, conscience, and sin: he offers us instead portraits of the life and work of significant moral theologians. Long noted for his work on the history and theology of human rights and for shaping social ethics and its interest in medical ethics, H. brings a much-needed "human" history to moral theology. The 33 studies by some of the most important German-speaking moralists of our time (Mieth, Schuster, Rrmelt, Munk, Ernst, Merks, Muller, Schockenhoff, Schlogel) begin with Paul and end with Richard McCormick. Each entry gives the life, work, influence and extended bibliography of primary and selective secondary literature. The context of the theologian's life and work are amply described, and contemporary debates are thoroughly covered. For anyone teaching the history of theological ethics, this work is a goldmine. It has all the robust heft of serious German theological scholarship.

Admittedly, the German preference takes precedence; after the Spaniards (Francisco de Vitoria, Francisco Suarez, Gabriel Vasquez, and Tomas Sanchez), the 18 remaining portraits count only Alphonsus Liguori, Philippe Delhaye, and Richard McCormick in the non-German gallery. …

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