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The Sources of Christian Ethics

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First published in 1985 as Les sources de la morale chr�tienne by University Press Fribourg, this work has been recognized by scholars worldwide as one of the most important books in the field of moral theology. Already its acclaim has warranted translations into Spanish, Italian, and Polish. Now it is available for the first time in an English translation, which includes ...more
Paperback, Third Edition, 489 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Catholic University of America Press
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Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very important book - but not an easy read.

This is a critical overview of Christian ethics, contrasting the modern ethics that emphasizes obligation and commandments to the ethical approach found in the Fathers of the Church and St. Thomas that started from the natural inclination to happiness, the importance of the Beatitudes, and the virtues.

This book is a very good - though a little repetitive at times - analysis that opens up the way toward an ethics based first of all on the Sermon on th
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It has been 10 years since I read this book, but I remember being blown away by Fr. Pinckaer's approach. I was reading this in juxtaposition to some very legalistic approaches to ethics and Fr. Pinckaer's writing was fresh, free, and liberating. As someone else put in a review, Pinckaer's approach is one of freedom for excellence. The Beatitudes are the place he starts his reflection on the moral life of the Christian. This book is beautiful and an indispensable read for those who want to be fam ...more
Thomas Lehner
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this book as part of Deacon Study program. It is packed full of information and history. I really liked the depth of knowledge provided here regarding ethics. It is based on Scriptures and recognizes the shortcomings of the current approach while proposing a new way forward. The author goes through the development of morals and ethics through Church history, and mixes in philosophical approaches as well. It's a hefty book and will take some time to read through but it provides a lot of kn ...more
Agustin Estrada
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
¡De lo mejor que hay para entender todo el edificio de la moral cristiana! /AE
Jon Wisnieski
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best and most influential books I have ever read. Completely changed my understanding of ethics and human freedom.
Cornelius Pulung
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best introduction (in fact it is more than an introduction) to moral theology based on insightful teaching of Sts. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. Father Pinckaers puts the question of happiness as the last end of humanity and integrates and synthesize other things such as virtues, freedom, natural inclination, grace in relation to universal desire to happiness. A must read for students of theology.
Br. Justin Marie Brophy, O.P.
Sep 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Wonderful text. Very readable and quick-moving. Very compelling arguments for a return to a telos-based moral theology. While the author is a great champion of St. Thomas, he also provides very good arguments for a return to the sources of moral theology. A very balanced text that anyone can read with great benefit.
Jan-Jaap van Peperstraten
Why christian moral theology shows that the moral life does not have much to do with 'rule-following', and freedom is not what most people think it is. ...more
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There's nothing quite like getting back to the sources and remembering that the moral life is all about love and happiness. ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An important work by one of the most preeminent Roman Catholic moral philosophers of the 20th century.
Matthew Tsakanikas
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A must read to understand the point of moral theology and the shifts since Saint Thomas...effects of nominalism etc...
a true Dominican; true to my heart.
Stephen Fahrig
May 31, 2007 rated it really liked it
A superb moral theology text by Servais Pinckaers, OP.
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