Contemporary ethics and totalitarian system. The diagnosis by John Paul II Cover Image

Współczesna etyka a totalitaryzm. Diagnoza Jana Pawła II
Contemporary ethics and totalitarian system. The diagnosis by John Paul II

Author(s): Marek Czachorowski
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Social Philosophy, Theology and Religion
Published by: Fundacja »Lubelska Szkoła Filozofii Chrześcijańskiej«
Keywords: John Paul II; totalitarian system; ethics; moral theology; civilisation; Christianity

Summary/Abstract: The author presents the views of John Paul II concerning totalitarian system. The Pope discussed the aforementioned issue in several documents he published during his pontificate. In Centesimus annus John Paul II warned against totalitarianism at the services of democracy, in Veritatis splendor he identified the fallacies of contemporary thinking about ethics, adopted by some proponents of catholic moral theology, which indirectly justify and give raise to totalitarian thinking and practices. In the encyclical Evangelium vitae he determined the contemporary civilisation as ‘death civilisation’, the essence of which is the death of conscience because the desensitisation thereof in the face of fundamental crimes springs from fallacies in thinking about ethics. In addition, Fides et ratio postulated rebuilding trust in reason and in particular pragmatic aspect thereof, i.e. the conscience which navigates human actions – as the conditio sine qua non for rescuing Christianity and protection against new forms of totalitarianism. Based on the views of John Paul II, the author attempts to answer the question: what is the fallacy in thinking about ethics faced even by the contemporary moral theology and leading us towards totalitarianism?

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 25
  • Page Range: 99-109
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish