Christian Ethics

Code: ETH500

Dates: January 20, 2020 - April 9, 2020 on Tuesdays

Time: 2:00 pm for 3 Hours

This course provides vital resources for the moral life, drawn from Christian thought and practice. We begin by posing the question of how “Christian ethics” is even possible, given the biblical account of the Fall as the pursuit of the “knowledge of good and evil.” From that critical vantagepoint, we consider how moral reasoning orients itself according to goals, duties, and virtues. We will also reflect on how the life of Jesus Christ—his conception, birth, suffering, death, and burial—can guide us in responding to contested ethical questions surrounding the beginnings and endings of human life. Such focus on the rites and passages that constitute “everyday ethics” will inform the practice of moral leadership in faith communities and other social organizations. We will therefore analyze variations on the Christian ethicist’s stance vis-à-vis other publics, exploring approaches characterized by synergy, integrity, realism, and liberation.

Available by Distance
Both synchronous & asynchronous.