Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Morality workshop

Saint Thomas Aquinas. He is one of the Doctors of the Church; a philosopher, a theologian, possibly one of the Church's greatest theologians. Among other works he wrote the Summa Theologica, one of the greatest classics of Catholic theological and moral philosophy. It is said that the Summa was so highly thought of that at the Council of Trent it was used after the Bible as the primary source on religious questions.
The principles of Just War are discussed in the Summa as well as the idea of Natural Law. One of the greatest gifts of Aquinas is a philosophical basis for an argument against relativism, making it as relevant to the modern world as it was the year it was written. Saint Thomas maintains that it is possible in almost every situation to draw bright lines between what is moral behavior and what is immoral behavior, between good and evil. It is also almost always that moral behavior is the hard choice. It has always been so.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:13

2 comments:

LeeAnn said...

Hi from Open Book, I couldn't comment for some reason. Is there a place I could get a syllabus for your three-year study of the bible for middle/high school? I would love to find out how to go about such an endeavor.
Thanks,
LeeAnn Balbirona

TerryC said...

We use Life Teen's Edge program. I'll try to get specifics on the book we use, I don't have a personal copy @ home, and post on it soon.