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Freedom and the Moral Life Freedom and responsibility Principles of a moral life Rational principles applicable to all Freedom – makes a person a moral agent Conscience – capacity to understand God’s will Law – allows freedom to function properly Additional principle for Christians Jesus set the example of what is good or evil by his words and the conduct of his life. Ability to choose good or evil Humans act with thought and deliberation intellect – gives meaning to things free will – allows for doing or omitting actions the intellect has determined to be good or bad Human acts/Acts of a human A moral or immoral act is truly human when some one brings it about with knowledge and free will. Acts of a human are accomplished without knowledge or deliberation. Knowledge and morality Knowledge is the first requirement for an act to be moral. Types of knowledge Full knowledge – know clearly what one is doing; aware of the moral dimension Partial knowledge – some obstacle interferes with correct judgment. Freedom Freedom – the power, rooted in reason and will, to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility (CCC) Imputability and responsibility can be diminished by factors such as fear, ignorance, etc. God will not destroy the freedom of the individual.