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Definition: Moral theology
, a. [F., fr. It. moralis, fr. mos, moris, manner,
custom, habit, way of life, conduct.]
1. Relating to duty or obligation; pertaining to those
intentions and actions of which right and wrong, virtue
and vice, are predicated, or to the rules by which such
intentions and actions ought to be directed; relating to
the practice, manners, or conduct of men as social beings
in relation to each other, as respects right and wrong, so
far as they are properly subject to rules.
Keep at the least within the compass of moral
actions, which have in them vice or virtue.
Mankind is broken loose from moral bands. --Dryden.
She had wandered without rule or guidance in a moral
2. Conformed to accepted rules of right; acting in conformity
with such rules; virtuous; just; as, a moral man. Used
sometimes in distinction from religious; as, a moral
rather than a religious life.
The wiser and more moral part of mankind. --Sir M.
3. Capable of right and wrong action or of being governed by
a sense of right; subject to the law of duty.
A moral agent is a being capable of those actions
that have a moral quality, and which can properly be
denominated good or evil in a moral sense. --J.
4. Acting upon or through one's moral nature or sense of
right, or suited to act in such a manner; as, a moral
arguments; moral considerations. Sometimes opposed to
; as, moral pressure or support.
5. Supported by reason or probability; practically
sufficient; -- opposed to legal
; as, a
moral evidence; a moral certainty.
6. Serving to teach or convey a moral; as, a moral lesson;
, a being who is capable of acting with
reference to right and wrong.
, a very high degree or probability,
although not demonstrable as a certainty; a probability of
so high a degree that it can be confidently acted upon in
the affairs of life; as, there is a moral certainty of his
, insanity, so called, of the moral system;
badness alleged to be irresponsible.
, the science of duty; the science which
treats of the nature and condition of man as a moral
being, of the duties which result from his moral
relations, and the reasons on which they are founded.
, an allegorical play; a morality. [Obs.]
, the power of moral judgment and feeling; the
capacity to perceive what is right or wrong in moral
conduct, and to approve or disapprove, independently of
education or the knowledge of any positive rule or law.
, theology applied to morals; practical
, n.; pl. Theologies
. [L. theologia, Gr.
?; ? God + ? discourse: cf. F. th['e]ologie. See Theism
The science of God or of religion; the science which treats
of the existence, character, and attributes of God, his laws
and government, the doctrines we are to believe, and the
duties we are to practice; divinity; (as more commonly
understood) “the knowledge derivable from the Scriptures,
the systematic exhibition of revealed truth, the science of
Christian faith and life.”
Many speak of theology as a science of religion
[instead of “science of God”
] because they disbelieve
that there is any knowledge of God to be attained.
Theology is ordered knowledge; representing in the
region of the intellect what religion represents in the
heart and life of man. --Gladstone.
, Natural theology
. See Ascetic
, that phase of theology which is concerned
with moral character and conduct.
, theology which is to be learned only
, theology as taught by the scholastics,
or as prosecuted after their principles and methods.
, theology as founded upon, or
influenced by, speculation or metaphysical philosophy.
, that branch of theology of which the
aim is to reduce all revealed truth to a series of
statements that together shall constitute an organized
whole. --E. G. Robinson (Johnson's Cyc.).