Morality in Social Life
Morality in Social Life

Morality in Social Life



360 Pages, 6 x 8.5

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Publication Date: April 2010

ISBN 9781934996140


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Bastianel views moral personal life as more than a private and individual reality. Indeed, one's relationship with the other is basic to the moral experience, and it constitutes part of the inner unity of a free and conscious responsible person. Human beings live out their relationships within the historic concreteness of life in commonality with others. The historical expression of that which is morally wrong takes the form of scattered and dividing relationships with the intention of possession, domination, fighting and division. On the other hand, history shows us that the human quality of relationships effecting that which is good is expressed through acceptance and the capability of creating shared forms of life. The Christian interpretation of history, with its goal of community, asks in each situation about the human quality of relationships and the structures of social life. This book addresses the interconnections between personal morals and social justice, raising fundamental questions about political life and economics, about hunger and development, about common good and institutions.

Author Biography

Sergio Bastianel s.j., born in 1944, is currently Ordinary professor of moral theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and also serves as its academic Vice-rector. He spent his early years teaching and lecturing at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of San Luigi in Naples, Italy, and in later years he served as Dean of the Theological Faculty of the Pontifical Gregorian University. Among his publications are: Il carattere specifico della morale cristiana, 1975; Autonomia morale del credente, 1980; La preghiera nella vita morale, 1995 (translated into English: Prayer in Christian Moral Life, 1988); Figure di preghiera nella Bibbia, 2005; Vita morale nella fede in Gesù Cristo, 2005; Le vie del bene, 2009.