Theological Ethics

REL631
Fall 2016
TTH 9:00am -10:20am
Area: 
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Ethics
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course grapples with some of the basic (albeit deeply contested) ideas by which Christian moral discourse is governed. We will examine theological accounts of what it means to live well, focusing mainly on classical and contemporary works of relevance to central problems in the academic study of Christian ethics: whether teleological conceptions of human flourishing comport with scripture, whether certain moral obligations can be universally applied to all, the sources of human action, the ethical significance of divine commands, and the concepts of virtue, goodness, evil, horror, and the sacred.

Course Objectives           

1) To gain a critical understanding of basic concepts and vocabularies inherent in Christian ideals of conduct, character, and community, and in contemporary disputes over their substance and application.

2) To become familiar with, and to reflect critically on, some prominent expressions of these ideals across the centuries and in a variety of traditions.

3) To cultivate facility in bringing these elements to bear on contemporary issues of public concern.

Background Expected: 

N/A

Course Requirements: 

To pass this course you must (1) attend class and participate in a weekly discussion session, which you must share responsibility for leading at least once (20%); (2) complete two 7-10 page papers (50%) and (4) one final exam (30%).

Basis of Evaluation: 

See above