THEOLOGICAL ETHICS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES

  • James F Keenan Boston College
Keywords: UNITED STATES, ETHICS, THEOLOGICAL

Abstract

In my previous essay, “Theological Ethics out of Latin America,
Africa, and Asia,”1 I examined how, in many ways the three
“southern” continents – Latin America, Africa, and Asia – have
developed a contextual ethics specific to their continents. In this essay
I turn to describe developments from my own country, the United
States.
Because of its geographical proximity and more importantly its deep
historical (and often oppressive) involvement in Latin America,
United States’ citizens were deeply affected by the irruption of
liberation theology onto the theological scene. Soon, central premises
from liberation theology became incorporated by North American theologians into the overall theological foundations of Catholic
theological ethics, especially the notions of social sin,3 and the option
for the poor.

Author Biography

James F Keenan, Boston College

Fr. James F. Keenan, SJ, is the Founders Professor of Theology at Boston College.
His books include: Goodness and Rightness in Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologiae,
Virtues for Ordinary Christians, Commandments of Compassion, Jesus and Virtue Ethics
(with Dan Harrington), Moral Wisdom, Toward a Global Vision of Catholic Moral
Theology, and The Works of Mercy and A History of Catholic Moral Theology in the
Twentieth Century: From Confessing Sins to Liberating Consciences. He edited Practice
What You Preach and Catholic Ethicists on HIV/AIDS Prevention. He chaired the First
and Second International Cross-cultural Conference for Catholic Theological Ethicists
in July 2006 in Padua and in July 2010 in Trento, Italy and edited the plenary papers:
Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. He has published over 300 essays,
articles and reviews. He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at
The University of Edinburgh (1994), the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton
(1995, 1996), and the Istituto Trentino di Cultura (2007, 2008). He has been adjunct
professor at the Gregorian University in Rome (2000, 2002), Loyola School of
Theology in Manila (2001, 2003), and Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram in Bangalore
(2007). He held the Tuohy Chair at John Carroll University, Cleveland (1999) and the
Gasson Chair at Boston College (2003-2005). E-mail: james.keenan.2@bc.edu

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Published
2010-12-31
How to Cite
Keenan, J. F. (2010). THEOLOGICAL ETHICS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES. Asian Horizons, 4(02), 391-400. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2770