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St John Henry Newman Research Centre
for Catholic Theology Presents:

The Man With Two Consciences:
A Modern Catholic Horror Story?

by Dr John Murray

Online Academic Forum:
Wednesday 15th June 2022, 6.00pm (London time)
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Academic Forum Flyer: Dr John Murray

Join us online on Wednesday 15th June 2022 at 6.00pm (London time) for the St John Henry Newman Research Centre for Catholic Theology's Online Academic Forum, the latest in a series of occasional, public seminars by Maryvale academics. This time, Dr John Murray, will be discussing The Man With Two Consciences: A Modern Catholic Horror Story?

Dr Murray teaches on Maryvale's MA in Catholic Applied Theology programme and lectures specifically on Moral Theology. He also supervises MA dissertations. In addition to his involvement with Maryvale, he is also a lecturer at the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music at Dublin City University. His main teaching is in the area of moral theology (Christian Ethics), but he also supervises Teaching Practice, conduct Religious Studies tutorials, moderates theses, and so on. Dr Murray finished his doctoral degree in theology [St. Patrick's College, Maynooth] in 2009. His doctorate is entitled: "The Role of Religion as a Basic Human Good in the Moral Theory of Germain Grisez".

Furthermore, Dr Murray is a member of the Theology Committee of the Irish Episcopal Conference, the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology and is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Iona Institute, Dublin. In relation to his link to the Iona Institute, Dr Murray has been frequently involved in public debate in the media, including short pieces in newspapers, and radio and TV appearances. These debates concerned the place of denominational schools in a pluralist Ireland; marriage; sexual ethics; abortion; euthanasia and assisted suicide; and even Christmas.

Dr Murray's research interests include:

  • The fundamental moral theology of Germain Grisez and his collaborators [esp. John Finnis, Joseph Boyle, and Robert P. George].
  • New natural law.
  • Fundamental Moral Theory in general [especially the issue of moral truth].
  • Moral theories.
  • Catholic Sexual Ethics and its relationship to sexual ethics more generally.
  • The nature and value of faith-based education/schooling, with reference to liberal values such as freedom of religion, as well reference to the place of parents in education, as well as the wider context of the relationship between Christian faith and human reason.

Among Dr Murray's published works is his book Issues of Justice and Peace (2005), available through Veritas and the book chapter ‘Mercy in St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae’ in Mary McCaughey (ed.), Merciful Like the Father, (Dublin: Veritas, 2017).

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