What may we say about the significance of particular moral actions
for one's relationship with God? In this provocative analysis of
contemporary Catholic moral theology Darlene Fozard Weaver shows
the person as a moral agent acting in relation to God. Using an
overarching theological context of sinful estrangement from and
gracious reconciliation in God, Weaver shows how individuals
negotiate their relationships with God in and through their
involvement with others and the world.
Much of current Christian ethics focuses more on persons and their
virtues and vices exemplified by the work of virtue ethicists or on
sinful social structures illustrated in the work of liberation
theologians. These judgments fail to appreciate the reflexive
character of human action and neglect the way our actions negotiate
our response to God. Weaver develops a theologically robust moral
anthropology that advances Christian understanding of persons and
moral actions and contends we can better understand the theological
import of moral actions by seeing ourselves as creatures who live,
move, and have our being in God.
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