Living the Truth in Love – A Biblical Introduction to Moral Theology

Author: Benedict M. Ashley, O.P.

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Theology is an effort to listen attentively to what God has to say to us, because God is wiser than we are and more concerned for us than we are for ourselves. In trying to understand and apply what God says to us, we must use our God-given intelligence and with it all the information and scientific analysis which human intelligence has made available to us to date. But we must not allow this merely human wisdom to drown out the voice of God, even when that voice frightens us or exposes the folly of our human ways of thinking and acting.

Moral theology is truly theology. It is, therefore, not simply the application of philosophy, sociology, or psychology to the way we act or ought to act as human beings made in the image and likeness of God. It finds its roots in the moral instruction contained in Sacred Scriptures as understood in the light of the Spirit-guided Tradition of the Church.