What does it mean to act according to one’s conscience, especially in relation to recognizing the moral authority of Church teachings? This class will explore the meaning of conscience and identify ways in which the faithful, according to the Church, can—and cannot—disagree on moral matters. As part of the discussion, we’ll look at how individual conscience functions in a morally pluralistic and multi-faith world.
Practice Skill: Understanding what makes arguments persuasive
About the Instructor
Matthew Petrusek, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. His interests and specializations include meta ethics, the intersection of philosophical and theological ethics, Christian ethics, ethics and political theory, natural law, virtue theory, distributive justice, and human dignity. He has published in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Philosophy and Theology, and Studies in Christian Ethics, and has served as an on-air analyst for Noticias MundoFox, CNN Español, and KCal–CBS Los Angeles.