Before explaining John Paul II's moral wisdom, Spinello begins by explaining modern "fundamental errors" in ethical thinking, such as relativism and proportionalism. He then discusses topics of faith and reason, the nature of the human person, the good, and ethics.
Reading through this book one cannot help but see how the Church's views differ from those of the world. In Pope John Paul II's writings, which reflect the Church's teachings, emphasis is placed on humans being made in God's image; humans having a dignity and primacy above animals, and all human life being valuable. While some books of this nature would do nothing but explain and praise Pope John Paul II's writings, Spinello offers the reader dissenting views. This is invaluable, because not everyone you encounter in your everyday life will agree with you. Therefore, it is important to familiarize yourself with the arguments you could hear.
I had a tough time understanding all of this book, because I am not well-versed in philosophy or moral theology. It didn't help that John Paul II's writings also take some effort to grasp, due to his brilliant philosophical mind. It is for that reason that I found the chapter summaries to be invaluable in helping me understand some of the higher level concepts.
It is no wonder he will be a saint, if not a doctor, of the Church soon. It also encouraged me to go back and try to read some of his encyclicals, particularly the ones mentioned above with this book as a detailed guide.
The Genius of Pope John Paul II: The Great Pope's Moral Wisdom
An Introduction and Commentary. I am still fairly new to the world of both philosophy and moral theology and this book goes deep into both subjects. The Genius of John Paul II is not written as a scholarly tome that requires advanced degrees to decipher it, but as a book that is easily digestible to those such as me with just a passing knowledge of the vocabulary of philosophy. Thomas Aquinas and phenomenology and that he was considered a personalist.
Though I had been only vaguely aware of what the last term meant. I also think those with more familiarity of this subject will also find it useful. Avery Cardinal Dulles S.
The Genius of John Paul II: The Great Pope's Moral Wisdom
The beauty of this book is that each chapter builds on the previous ones to really spell out John Paul II's coherent philosophy and lets you see how important this is to understand both John Paul II and his writings. The book draws from the corpus of John Paul II from his first book through the documents he produced as Pope.
While speaking about the late Popes view on faith, reason, and morals he brings up the comments of prominent dissenters and their specific criticism of the Pope's philosophy. These criticism of the Pope's writing are handily refuted, but in a fashion where you come to understand better what is being critiqued. This error has multiplied and lead to so many other understandings that have been greatly harmful.
It is a root cause to the Culture of Death and if a greater understanding of human personhood came about it would go far in eliminating much that has gone wrong in our culture.
Unfortunately the integrity of personhood will not fit into a sound bite. The beauty and the truth of John Paul II writing's rely much on his understanding of human personhood. Pope John Paul II takes the Kantian second imperative "Act so that you treat humanity, whether in you own person or in that of another, always as an end and never as a means only" and fulfills it, unlike Kant, by knowing what personhood is.
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That I can use "Kantian second imperative" in a sentence now shows you how much I learned from this book Using the writings of Pope John Paul II the book goes to refute so many common moral theories that have unfortunately crept into Catholic academia. Topics such as proportionalism, consequentialism, and fundamental option theory are covered showing their weaknesses.
So many modern theories try to refute the idea of intrinsic evils and invent or suggest that their are circumstances where they can be acceptable, where a moral calculus is made to weigh factors as if you can put good and evil on a scale and if one side is a smidgen heavier than the other you have your answer. The encyclical Veritatis Splendor addresses these topics and the late Pope certainly had no sympathy for these ideas. The domain name of my site splendor of truth is in honor of his encyclical Veritatis Splendor and after reading this book I think I will learn much more upon re-reading this encyclical which isn't exactly an easy read.
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Summary In this exciting new book, renowned ethicist Richard Spinello offers the first comprehensive presentation of the late John Paul II's great moral vision. Publisher's Weekly Review Though beloved for his warmth and charismatic personality, Pope John Paul II was often portrayed in popular media as rigid and narrow-minded when it came to his pronouncements on moral issues.
Library Journal Review The writings and encyclicals of Pope John Paul II were infused with distinctive personalism that emphasized the dignity and rights of each human. Make this your default list.
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