In this volume, Livio Melina attempts to overcome the deadlock in which moral theology can easily find itself. He fights the false alternative between moralism, with its emphasis on external rules, and antimoralism, with its insistence on freedom from all norms.
The key, Melina argues here, is to not regard morality as a simple list of principles directing our choices and helping us to make correct moral judgments. Rather, we must step back and begin to comprehend the dynamic mystery of Christian action. Only in the light of Christ can the proper correlation between faith and morality, freedom and truth, be clearly understood. True morality springs from a synergistic relationship with God, born of faith in Christ, nurtured in the church, and made manifest in that which inspires all authentic goodness—the epiphany of love.
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Livio Melina is the president of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, where he also serves as a professor of fundamental moral theology.