Moral Theology

The areas covered by moral theology include general principles governing human behavior, the commandments of God, the laws of the state, those of the Church, the proper use of the sacraments, and the duties and virtues to be practiced in various states of life. The most familiar reference works in this field are the guides and manuals (B271-B281) such as Davis (B273) and Callan (B271), which explain moral principles and define terms with more or less brevity and clarity. Haring's Free and Faithful in Christ (B275) and The Law of Christ (B276) are unique among these works for their non-legal approach. Contemporary bioethical problems are comprehensively treated in the new Encyclopedia of Bioethics (B264), an ecumenical work in four volumes edited at Georgetown University.

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