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- DescriptionThe encyclical Veritatis splendor (The Splendor of Truth) represents the first document of the magisterium devoted to the foundations of the Catholic moral life. Though it was intended to confront a genuine crisis of moral disintegration and to offer positive directions for carrying out the work of renewing moral theology, it was fiercely criticized by theologians who regarded it as a simplistic and repressive document. Now, several years after the publication of the encyclical, Livio Melina offers an original contribution t only to the study of Veritatis splendor and the controversy surrounding it, but also to the field of moral theology as a whole. In Sharing in Christ's Virtues , Melina proposes a blueprint for organizing moral theology, one that is in harmony with the directions given in Veritatis splendor and one that likewise respects the requirements of both the theological and the scientific character of the discipline. He describes it as a Christocentricism of the virtues, which understands the moral life of Christians as a participation in the virtues of Christ by means of the grace of one's ecclesial incorporation in Christ. Melina argues that the renewal of moral theology should result in, first, a search for a more integral and dynamic understanding of human action, and second, a theological re-dimensioning of morality to better comprehend the synergy between human action and God's action.
- Author BiographyLivlo Melina is professor of moral theology at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at the Lateran University in Rome. In addition to numerous articles, he has written and coauthored several books, including La conoscenza morale. Linee di riflessione sul Commento di san tommaso all'Etica Nicomachea; Morale: tra crisi e rinnovamento; Corso di bioetica. It Vangelo della vita; Amor conjugaly vocacion a la santidad; Domanda sul bene e domanda su Dio; and Quale dimora per l'agire? Dimensioni ecclesiologiche della morale.
- Author(s)Livio Melina
- PublisherThe Catholic University of America Press
- Date of Publication30/04/2001
- SubjectChristian Theology
- Place of PublicationWashington
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe Catholic University of America Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight318 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Translated byWilliam E. May
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