Foundations of Religious Ethics

Dr. Gerard Magill

Foundational questions about religious ethics continue to underpin discourse in applied ethics, such as health care ethics. The focus of the inquiry is upon the role of the religious imagination in moral discernment, exploring the relation between conscience, certitude, and belief.


David F. Kelly, Gerard Magill, & Henk A.M.J. ten Have, Contemporary Catholic Health Care Ethics, 2nd edition (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2012).

Gerard Magill, Religious Imagination and Ethics. This book manuscript was completed in 2012.

Magill, G. Bioethics in the Roman Catholic Tradition. In: Henk A.M.J. ten Have & Bert Gordijn, Compendium of Global Bioethics (Springer, 2012, forthcoming).

Gerard Magill, "Imagination and Certitude" Journal of Religion & Culture, (2011): 109-125.

Gerard Magill, "Threat of Imminent Death in Pregnancy: A Study of Double Effect," Theological Studies, 72(2011): 848-878.

Randall R. Rainey & Gerard Magill, eds, Abortion and Public Policy: An Interdisciplinary Investigation, Omaha, Nebraska: University of Creighton Press, 1996.

Randall R. Rainey, & Gerard Magill, "Abortion, The Catholic Church, and Public Policy," in, R. Rainey & G. Magill, eds., Abortion and Public Policy, Omaha, Nebraska: University of Creighton Press, 1996, 1-46.

Magill, G., Marie Hoff, eds. Values and Public Life: An Interdisciplinary Study. Lanham, NJ: University of America Press, 1995.

Magill, G. Hermeneutics and Democracy: Religious Dialogue on Values in the Public Arena. In: G. Magill and M. Hoff, Values and Public Life. Lanham, NJ: University of America Press, 1995, 89-111.

Magill, G., ed. Personality and Belief: Interdisciplinary Essays. Lanham, NJ: University of America Press, 1994.

Magill, G., ed. Discourse and Context: An Interdisciplinary Study. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1993.

Magill, G. Public Religious Dialogue. The Economic Pastoral and the Hermeneutics of Democracy. Theological Studies 54 (1993): 678-97.

Magill, G. Interpreting Moral Doctrine. Horizons 20 (1993): 7-22

Magill, G. Personal Reasoning. Irish Theological Quarterly 58/4 (1992): 305-13.

Magill, G. Moral Imagination in Theological Method. Theological Studies 53 (1992): 451-75.