Subtitled, A Catholic Symposium, this volume is a collection of papers read at a symposium on morality held in 1955 at the...

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THE SPRINGS OF MORALITY

Subtitled, A Catholic Symposium, this volume is a collection of papers read at a symposium on morality held in 1955 at the famous English Benedictine foundation of Downside Abbey. Experts from various fields discuss in separate papers the reciprocal relationships of Catholic morality and modern scientific knowledge and practical experience. The work is exceptional in its entirety. Topics of timely interest and perennial import receive fresh enlightenment in a way that combines spirituality with intelligence, scientific expertness with philosophical and theological breadth, Catholic orthodoxy with a progressive attitude. Concrete experience is generally the point of departure for theory in turn is considered in close connection with practical application. There are twenty-four papers in all, two introductory and the rest arranged under four general headings, Historical Influences (papers on the Bible, the Greeks and Romans, the Middle Ages and the English Protestants), Secondary Sciences (papers on Psychology, Medicine, Economics, International Relations), Concrete Moral Problems (papers on the School Teacher's Problems, the Sex Problem, the Employee's Problem, the Employer's Problem, the Writer's Problem, the Confessor's Problem) and Moralities Outside the Church (papers on the Morality of Primitive Societies, Catholicism and Primitive Morality, Buddhist Morality, Judaic Morality, A Scientist's Approach to Morality, Secular Morality, Communist Morality and Christian Morality). Seldom will the priest, the teacher and the educated layman come upon a publication in English as catholic in range, as progressive in attitude, as earnest and intelligent in its approach to morality and moral problems as the present one.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1956

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Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1956