12 Credit Points (CPS)
On successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- Demonstrate foundational knowledge and understanding of biblical and philosophical ethics.
Be able to
- Trace the major themes of biblical ethics
- Demonstrate skills of Christian ethical reasoning and decision making in relation to a selection of contemporary ethical issues
- Present organised evidence-based perspectives on Christian ethics
Be in a position to
- Relate perspectives from ‘Christian Ethics’ to contemporary Christian living and ministry contexts
Section A: Biblical Ethics
- Using the Bible in Ethics:
- Methodological issues raised in moving from the Bible to modern ethical issues.
- A brief survey of how the Bible has been used in ethics.
- Old Testament Ethics:
- Framework: creation, sin, covenant, prophecy and wisdom;
- Ethical themes in the Old Testament;
- New Testament Ethics:
- Sermon on the Mount, Pauline ethics, 1 Peter, James.
- Ethical themes: Kingdom and eschatology, righteousness/justice, love command.
Section B: Philosophical Ethics
- Introducing Ethics as a discipline: its nature and function.
- Types of Ethical Theories:
- Theories of Obligation: deontological & teleological;
- Theories of Virtue: traits, character, motivation, disposition;
- The relationship between obligation and virtue.
Section C: Ethical Issues
- Students choose two of the following areas for study:
- Divorce and re-marriage
- Sexual morality: fidelity, adultery, homosexuality
- Sexism and racism
- Wealth and poverty