The Catholic University of America

 Courses taught by Brian Johnstone

TRS 334 War, Peace & Revolution: Christian Perspectives

Examines historical and contemporary perspectives on war, peace, and revolution in the Christian tradition, especially Roman Catholicism. Historical issues include biblical perspective on violence and nonviolence and the emergence and development of conceptions of just war in Christianity and Islam. Contemporary issues include terrorism, humanitarian intervention, and religious peacemaking. Required of students minoring in Peace and Justice Studies. Prerequisites: Any TRS or HSTR 200-level course.

TRS 632D Biomedical Ethics

An introduction to biomedical ethics in theological perspective. Issues such as euthanasia and abortion, access to health care and related economic issues, identity of Catholic health care facilities and religious pluralism, ethics of research, reproductive technologies and genetic testing are considered in light of fundamental Christian convictions regarding health and sickness, suffering, death, and the purpose of medicine.

TRS 731A History of Catholic Moral Theology

A survey of the history of Catholic moral theology. Topics include ethics in the early and patristic church, the rise of private auricular confession, moral syntheses of the medieval period, Trent and the Reformation, the manualist tradition and casuistry. Attention to the evolution of the discipline's self-understanding. Analysis of relationship between actions, laws, and virtues.

TRS 732B Beginning of Life Issues

Examines issues at the beginning of life, including the moral status of the embryo, pre-natal testing, IVF and other reproductive technologies, contraception, abortion, cloning, and stem cell research. These issues will be examined in relation to contemporary attitudes in our society to and theological understandings of the place of children and childbearing.

TRS 733C Topics in War and Peace

The purpose of the course is to understand the rationale and meaning of the just war tradition. In particular, we shall understand, with von Clausewitz, that the just war is an extension of politics "by other means," and not the abrogation of the political. Thus, war is a rational activity. We shall investigate this in contact with pacifism, and with ancient and current conceptions of unlimited war in the form of "holy" war.

TRS 737A Ethics and Action

A seminar in methodology in moral theology, focusing on the nature of human action. Covers questions concerning human ends, practical rationality, choice, intention, object, and the relationship between these and questions of the self and narrative. Readings drawn from classical and contemporary commentators and theorists.