Academic journal article Theological Studies

Moral Choice: A Christian View of Ethics

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Moral Choice: A Christian View of Ethics

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MORAL CHOICE: A CHRISTIAN VIEW OF ETHICS. By Dolores L. Christie. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013, Pp. xi + 260. $35.

In a postscript, the author says that "as this theologian finds her voice becoming faint, she still wants to sing a love song" (211). The reader will encounter anything but a "faint voice" in this text. The book sounds a robust love song to God and to the tradition from which Christie comes. She presents an eminently readable, practical, and balanced introduction to Christian ethics, one that places her within the revisionist wing of Catholic ethics. The text seeks to engage the reader, providing a rich variety of examples to bring concepts alive, some from everyday life, some of historical importance (the Schiavo case, for example). It models how to engage Scripture and tradition, especially through an excellent section using the Johannine corpus as a window onto the ethical development of a community.

While C. highlights the crucial role of decision making and the many elements that enter into it, the text as a whole repeatedly invites the reader to make an existential decision to commit oneself. …

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