By Alban McCoy

From a view that may be defined as enlightened orthodoxy, McCoy tackles a variety of concerns, akin to: Is there a Christian viewpoint at the warfare in Iraq that's not easily a human point of view? Are Christian ethics pumped up or watered down humanist ethics? what's a incredibly Christian view in sleek secularized society? Do the Bible and the typical legislation rather nonetheless have any relevance to the burning ethical problems with the day? As medical growth increases ethical problems with surprising complexity, do conventional attitudes to abortion, euthanasia, in vitro fertilization and human embryology nonetheless make any experience? How lengthy should still we lengthen existence? should still we ever help loss of life?

Fr. Alban McCoy is a convinced and enlightened consultant to those questions.

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It is, therefore, not a view which can be held by the amoralist without being open to the charge of inconsistency. So, if the amoralist is to remain consistent, he must refrain from any kind of moral judgement and evaluation whatever: he cannot even consistently express disapproval of what others do to him. He may not want or like what other people do to him: that's a different matter. But he cannot adopt a moral attitude and utter such statements as They shouldn't do this' or 'It's not right'.

NOTES 1. , Oxford 1989, pp. 50-3. 2. Pierre Simon, Marquis de La Place (1749-1827). He put forward a generalized theory of the laws governing the whole solar system. 3. Thomas Nagel, The View from Nowhere, Oxford 1986, pp. 112-13. 4. Heisenberg was in charge of German atomic research during the Second World War. 5. Critique of Practical Reason, sixth edition, translated by Thomas Kingsmill Abbott, London 1893, p. 67. 'Every being who cannot act except under the idea of freedom is by this alone — from the practical point of view — really free/ 6.

Critique of Practical Reason, sixth edition, translated by Thomas Kingsmill Abbott, London 1893, p. 67. 'Every being who cannot act except under the idea of freedom is by this alone — from the practical point of view — really free/ 6. Critique of Pure Reason, translated by J. Meiklejohn, London 1969, p. 319ff. 7. Roger Scruton, The philosopher on Dover Beach' in The Times Literary Supplement, 23 May 1986, p. 566. 8. Roger Scruton, Kant, Oxford 1982, p. 61. 9. Nagel, op. , p. '. 10. Bernard Mayo, The Philosophy of Right and Wrong, London 1986, p.

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