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How to Solve Moral Dilemmas (Plus: How to Recognize Hypocrisy)

Monday, November 21, 2011 12:06 AM Comments (6)

There are many times in life where we’re confronted with moral dilemmas. It seems like all of our options are bad—even sinful. But are they really? What are we supposed to do in these situations? How can we solve the dilemma? 

For example, suppose your child is desperately sick and the only cure is one that was derived from unborn babies who were killed for medical research. Can you use the vaccine to save your child’s life? Does doing so mean you’re cooperating with the culture of death?

And if you use the cure, does that make you a moral hypocrite? How can we assess charges of hypocrisy?

These are among the questions we explore in this week’s episode of the Jimmy Akin Podcast!

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JIMMY AKIN PODCAST EPISODE 021 (11/20/11) 

 

* DARRIN ASKS ABOUT MORAL DILEMMAS, EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH, & HYPOCRISY

1 Cor. 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

 

Instruction Dignitas Personae (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), section 35.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20081208_dignitas-personae_en.html

 

“Nothing is more unjust, however common, than to charge with hypocrisy him that expresses zeal for those virtues which he neglects to practice; since he may be sincerely convinced of the advantages of conquering his passions, without having yet obtained the victory, as a man may be confident of the advantages of a voyage, or a journey, without having courage or industry to undertake it, and may honestly recommend to others, those attempts which he neglects himself” (Samuel Johnson, The Rambler No. 14). 

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/Joh1Ram.html

 

 

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."