By Alban McCoy
From a view that may be defined as enlightened orthodoxy, McCoy tackles a variety of matters, reminiscent of: Is there a Christian standpoint at the conflict in Iraq that's not easily a human viewpoint? Are Christian ethics pumped up or watered down humanist ethics? what's a notably Christian view in glossy secularized society? Do the Bible and the typical legislation particularly nonetheless have any relevance to the burning ethical problems with the day? As medical development increases ethical problems with extraordinary complexity, do conventional attitudes to abortion, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization and human embryology nonetheless make any experience? How lengthy may still we lengthen existence? may still we ever help dying?
Fr. Alban McCoy is a certain and enlightened advisor to those questions.
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3. Anthony O'Hear, What Philosophy Is, London 1985, p. 257. 4. Ibid. 5. David McNaughton, Moral Vision, Oxford 1989, p. 140. 6. , London 1991, pp. 6 and 96. 7. O'Hear, op. cit. p. 280. 8. Stephen Clark, From Athens to Jerusalem, Oxford 1984, p. 11. 9. Mary Midgley, Heart and Mind, Brighton and New York 1981, p. 129. 10. See Midgley, Can't We Make Moral Judgementsl, pp. 7—8. 11. ' in The Sunday Telegraph, 18 January 1987, p. 23. 12. ), A Companion to Ethics, Oxford 1993, pp. 432-41, 434. 13. Cited by Spaemann, op.
We do this whenever we act only in conformity with what is laid down by others, thus acting as a thing. But Sartre's assertion that everything depends on me — the world and my life has the meaning I give it — is linked to a recognition of the ultimate absurdity of life. There is no reason why I should be here or why I should do this rather 52 An Intelligent Person's Guide to Christian Ethics than that. The recognition of this absurdity and the void to be filled by my freedom produces 'angoisse'.
Autexousos was current as an adjective but Christians coined autexousia. 3. Charles Taylor, Sources of the Self, Cambridge 1989, p. 82. Freedom 53 4. So says J. Z. Young, Introduction to the Study of Man, Oxford 1971, p. 24. Cited by John Macquarrie, In Search of Humanity, London 1982, p. 7. 5. Cf. Mary Midgley, Beast and Man, London 1980, p. xvii. 6. Oration on the Dignity of Man, English translation, Chicago 1956, pp. 5—6; cited by Macquarrie, op. , pp. 14—15. 7. The fact that we exist in history means that knowledge of ourselves can never be complete/ Andrew Louth, Discovering the Mystery, Oxford 1983, p.
An intelligent person's guide to Christian ethics by Alban McCoy