Jun 13, 2024  
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2012-2013 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 220 - Fundamentals of Moral Theology

The course examines the basic principles of Catholic moral theology. It focuses on the roles of scripture, tradition, and the magisterial in ethical decision-making and explores the following themes: freedom, conscience, sin and conversion, natural law, virtues, and moral norms as criteria for ethical judgment.

Assignment Overview
Assignments: 6 Units

Interactivity: Discussion Board

Final Assessment: None

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe what faith and reason reveal about the nature of human personhood, especially man as created in the image of God, as bodily and spiritual, and as social.
  • Explain how Christian moral teaching responds to the basic human question, “How does one attain happiness?”
  • Analyze the prevailing moral relativism, describing how it distorts human freedom.
  • Explain how Baptism inserts us into new life in the Spirit of Jesus Christ and transforms one interiorly, in terms of both the natural law and the New Law of grace.
  • Discuss how the virtues perfect the human person, enabling the spontaneous living-out of the Ten Commandments.
  • Apply moral reasoning to analyze bioethical and sexual issues, showing the intrinsic connection between moral theology and Catholic social doctrine.

Credits: 3

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