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Moral theology
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Moral theology (Latin theologia moralis) is a subdiscipline within theology, which was becoming increasingly specialized during the early modern period. In the light of faith, moral theology deals with conduct (Ethics) in contrast to cognition (Dogmatics). While the word moralis [philosophia] appears already in Cicero, who used it to translate Greek ḗthos (“custom”; De fato) and was common …

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Walter, Peter, “Moral theology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024292>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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