E9600 Course Unit Outline Unit Code E9600 Unit Name Themes in Fundamental Moral Theology Unit Weighting 9 credit points Type of Unit Specialised Prerequisites E8501 Principles of Christian Ethics or a submajor in Christian Ethics in the BTh. Academic Staff Peter A. Comensoli, STB (CIS), STL (Alphonsianum), PhD (Edinburgh, 2011), DD. Lecturer Gerald Gleeson, STB (CIS 1978), MA (Cantab 1987), PhD (Leuven 1989), Associate Professor. Curriculum Objectives This unit enables the graduate student critically explore central methodological issues in Christian ethics, and Catholic moral theology in particular. Learning Outcomes At the end of this unit students will be able to: 1. critically analyse the emergence of fundamental moral theology since Vatican II 2. explain the relevance key magisterial texts for contemporary moral theology 3. clarify debates over the sources of moral theology 4. defend their own account of natural law, and the nature of moral action 5. apply the principles of Catholic moral reasoning to a contemporary issue Threshold concept to be acquired in this unit Nil Content 1. The historical emergence of fundamental moral theology 2. The use of the bible in moral theology 3. The human person and a Christo-centric anthropology 4. Contested approaches to Natural law 5. Debates over the nature of moral action and its evaluation 6. Intention and the moral object 7. Freedom, conscience and truth. 8. The role of the emotions in the moral life 9. Authority, tradition and moral absolutes 10. Principles of moral reasoning and discernment Learning Activities Lectures, seminars, student presentations. Required Specialist Facilities or Equipment Nil Assessment Profile Assessment tasks are designed both to help students attain the unit outcomes and to enable teachers to assess student attainment. In this unit, the required assessment tasks will enable students to demonstrate how successfully they can: 1. Outline the historical development of moral theology over the last few centuries, and the emergence of fundamental moral theology since Vatican II. (e.g. in an essay) (Early diagnostic task). [Outcomes 1 and 2] 2. Explain the relationship between the biblical sources of Christian ethics and the ‘natural moral law’ (e.g. in a long essay). [Outcomes 3 and 4] 3. Develop an integrated ethical reflection on a contemporary issue from the standpoint of Catholic moral theology (e.g. in an essay or a student presentation). [Outcomes 4 and 5] Representative References 1. Black, Rufus. Christian Moral Realism: Natural Law, Narrative, Virtue and the Gospel. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. 2. Finnis, John. Natural Law and Natural Rights. Oxford: Clarendon, 2001. 3. Grenz, Stanley. The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1997. 4. Grisez, Germain. The Way of the Lord Jesus. 1: Christian Moral Principles. Quincy, Ill: Franciscan Press, 1993. 5. Jensen, Steven J. Good & Evil Actions. Washington, DC: CUA Press, 2010. 6. Kaczor, Christopher. Proportionalism and the Natural Law Tradition. Washington, Discipline Coordinators: CUA Press, 2002. 7. Keenan, James F. A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the Twentieth Century. New York: Continuum, 2010. 8. Levering, Matthew. Biblical Natural Law. New York: OUP, 2008. 9. Long, Stephen A. The Teleological Grammar of the Moral Act. Naples, Fl: Sapientia Press, 2007. 10. Mattison, William C. Introducing Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2008. 11. Pinckaers, Servais. The Pinckaers Reader: Renewing Thomistic Moral Theology. Washington: Catholic University of America Pres, 2005. 12. Porter, Jean. Nature as Reason: A Thomistic Theory of the Natural Law. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. 13. Rhonheimer, Martin. The Perspective of the Acting Person. Washington, DC: CUA Press, 2008.