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John Finnis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580095

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580095.001.0001

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Faith, Morals, and Thomas More

Faith, Morals, and Thomas More

(p.163) 10 Faith, Morals, and Thomas More
Religion and Public Reasons

John Finnis

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the (moral) reason why Thomas More refused to swear to uphold the statute of 1534 declaring Henry VIII's marriage void, and his reasons for rejecting Luther's and other's revolt against Catholic teaching. The chapter explores the modern misunderstanding of conscience, the modern corruptions of moral theology, the forgery of Church history by modern liberal Catholic reformers, the proper development of moral doctrine, and the true nature of hope and the divine warnings of hell.

Keywords:   Thomas More, Luther, conscience, moral theology, Church history, development of moral doctrine, hope, hell

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