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A Church That Can and Cannot Change: The Development of Catholic Moral Teaching (ND Erasmus Institute Books)

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About the Author

John T. Noonan Jr. has served as Judge on the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit since 1986. He is Robbins Professor Emeritus at Boalt School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of prize-winning work in history, philosophy, and theology. His books include "Bribes" (California, 1988) and "The Antelope: The Ordeal of the Recaptured Africans in the Administrations of James Monroe and John Quincy Adams" (California, 1977).
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Product Details

  • Series: ND Erasmus Institute Books
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press (October 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268036047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268036041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,084,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I thought the section on slavery was a little long and would like to have seen the last chapter added to with his thoughts on modern ethical issues. I will again review it with my thoughts but the author would have helped my thinking. Hopefully there will be another book!
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Judge Noonan's record of scholarship, clarity of thought and expression,and unflinching
ability to explore and comment upon issues of great religious significance are already
well-known after a dozen earlier publications. He provides detailed background in tested
source materials to substantiate his point of view. This work is timely and tightly developed
for historians, priests and ministers, as well as well-educated Christian ecumenists.
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For one willing to read this book sentence by sentence, the reward is immense. The implications of Noonan's conclusions are in fact shattering. But Noonan speaks in a soft voice. His examination of moral theology throughout Chrisitan history is meticulous and brilliant. He is straightforward, uncompromising and above all clear. His study is graceful as well as intelligent, elegant as well as penetrating, and his findings compel us to examine our theological inheritance with a conscience. Quote from the book: "Change is not a thing to be ashamed of, to be whispered about, to be disguised or held from the light of day, as grave guardians sometimes think." A challenging and encouraging work.
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A Church That Can And Cannot Change: The Development Of Catholic Moral Teaching by John T. Noonan, Jr. (Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, California) is a scholarly and innovative modern approach to the teachings of Catholic fundamentals within the context of the modern church. Offering the reader a comprehensive introduction of the teachings of the church as they pertain to issues of freedom and conscience, lending for a profit, and the condition of slavery, A Church That Can And Cannot Change offers a detailed and specific analysis of the particulars in the ideals and progressive evolution of the Catholic Church. A Church That Can And Cannot Change is very highly recommended reading for seminary students, the clergy, the laity, interested in Catholic theology, ideals of moral, developmental, and ethical teachings.
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