Sexual Morality: A Natural Law Approach to Intimate Relationships

Paperback | November 23, 2011

byJohn Piderit

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Informal customs are the casual norms for most young adults in matters of sexual intimacy. Unfortunately, the sexual revolution has not proven to be as beneficial to women as was once thought and young men enjoy themselves without preparing themselves to be husbands and fathers. In this book,Piderit argues that a natural law approach to morality provides a grounded pathway toward marriage, and shows why these fairly traditional practices help young people find a partner to whom he or she can realistically promise love "until death do us part." Any effective culture consists of practices, which are accompanied by narratives, norms, and benefits. By offering theory but focusing on practices, this book helps young adults understand why sexual intimacy should be reserved to marriage. The first two thirds of the book develop the natural lawapproach; seeking common ground early in the volume makes it possible to understand a Christian approach to morality as grounded in nature, not primarily in religion. The goal is to highlight the reasonableness of this approach. The final third (Part III) of the book explores what religious practiceand membership in a Christian denomination adds to the natural law approach. In addition to a morality based on natural law, Piderit also proposes a morality based on virtue ethics, which give precedence to positive goals over forbidden actions. The focus is on individual actions, explaining why any individual action falls into the category of exemplary, acceptable, orcorrosive; these are terms developed, explained, and used in the book. Individual actions, of course, get repeated over time, and this leads to the formation of habits. And the reason for bracketing the formation of habits is to focus on individual actions and in this way make clear to young readerswhy certain actions lead to human fulfillment and why others actions undermine that fulfillment.

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Informal customs are the casual norms for most young adults in matters of sexual intimacy. Unfortunately, the sexual revolution has not proven to be as beneficial to women as was once thought and young men enjoy themselves without preparing themselves to be husbands and fathers. In this book,Piderit argues that a natural law approach t...

John Piderit is President of the Catholic Education Institute, and former President of Loyola University in Chicago.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:November 23, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019979328X

ISBN - 13:9780199793280

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Table of Contents

1. An Aptitude for ExcellencePart I The Framework2. We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident3. Constraints, Discipline, and Happiness4. The Illusion of Morality Free Zones5. Theory and Practice6. Moral Guidance in Human Nature7. Experiencing the Natural Law8. Sin: Moral Mistakes9. Bitter Human Failings10. Fundamental Values11. Progress12. Pursuing the Fundamental Values13. Getting It TogetherPart II Avoiding Corrosive Actions and Promoting Friendship14. Drinking and Drugs: Looking Out for Yourself and Your Friends15. Sexual Activity Outside of Marriage16. Girls, Boys, and Teenagers17. Movies, Moms, and Norms for Teenagers18. Sex and the Fundamental Values19. Moving In and Moving Out20. Sex, Artificial Contraceptives, and Children21. Sexual Variations and Misdirections22. Unnatural Interests23. Same Sex OrientationPart III Moral Skills and Religious Practice24. Why Doesn't Everyone Agree with Natural Law?25. The Christian Difference26. Basic Strategies in Modern Relationships27. Basic Moral Skills28. Blindness to Non-Commitment29. Moral Skills and Religious Commitment30. Temptation and Religious Commitment31. Courtship and Sexual Deferment32. Unwanted Changes33. Changing One's Moral PracticesSourcesBibliographyIndex