Introduction to Christian Ethics

REL615
Spring 2017
TTH 9:00am - 10:20am
Area: 
Area II, Area V
MDIV Requirements: 
Ethics
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course is an introduction to Christian moral norms, ideals, and practices, and to modern disputes over their substance. Drawing upon historical and contemporary sources, we will ask what difference (if any) Christian commitment makes for moral assessment—for considering the ends we endorse or condemn, the actions we praise or prohibit, the traits of character we extol or admonish. On this basis, we will seek to discern how Christians might respond to a number of problems facing our social moment. How, in other words, shall Christians love God and neighbor, show hospitality to strangers, and speak truth to power in these modern times? Special emphasis throughout on selected current issues: poverty, race, gender, sex, violence, and the role of faith in public life.

Course Requirements: 

To pass this course you must

(1) attend class and participate in a weekly discussion section, which you must share responsibility for leading at least once (15%);

(2) complete two 8-10 page papers (60%); and

(3) complete one final exam (25%)