Moral Theology: Dead Ends and Alternatives (Paperback)
Moral Theology This book is a systematic treatment of moral theology from the perspective of liberation theology. It not only surveys the evolution of Catholic moral theology but lays the foundations for a Christian ethic in a world of injustice. In a courageous, balanced, readable way, Moser and Leers examine moral theology--past and present--and explore liberation theology's central ethical principles. They show how moral theology led to dead ends, first by the scholastic morality, and then by the renewed morality of contemporary western Europe. The first, they argued, failed through concentration on the individual as the main subject. To move forward, Moser and Leers propose moving social, political, and community factors to the forefront of moral concern. They find the foundations of this approach first in the covenant of the Old Testament, and in the classic and enduring theme of New Testament spirituality: the following of Christ. They ask, tellingly, how this commitment can be carried out today by asking what sort of society Christ envisaged, and how he faced the powers of his time.
Antonio Moser, a native of Brazil, has lectured for fifteen years in the Franciscan Theological Institute in Petropolis, where he also works with base communities. Bernardino Leers, born in Holland, has worked in Brazil since 1953 where he has taught theology and been engaged in pastoral work among the rural poor.