PE001-512 – Christian Ethics

Credit Points

12 Credit Points (CPS)

Learning Outcomes

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
    • Cohabitation