Available on this page is the complete and unamended text of The Way of the Lord Jesus, volume one, Christian Moral Principles, published by Franciscan Herald Press in 1983. An account of how Germain Grisez came to write this book and the complete text of the first draft—written between 18 July 1979 and 21 April 1980, and very different from this published work—is also available on this website (click here).
The User's Guide and Preface includes a key to the references within the text and in the footnotes along with other information likely to be helpful to serious readers.
In this volume, the central topics are treated by formulating questions and answering them straightforwardly. Within the reply to each question, the main line of the response is in the numbered paragraphs, while secondary points are in unnumbered paragraphs and appear in slightly smaller type. Within the numbered paragraphs, the statements central to the response are in bold type. Most chapters also include appendices, in which interesting but nonessential matters are treated.