INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS

E8594A
 

Unit Weighting                       

9 cps

Type of Unit                

Foundational

Prerequisites                

None

Academic Staff            

Professor Perry Hamlis, BA (Boston 1992); MDiv (Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology 1996); PhD (University of Chicago 2004).

Curriculum Objectives

This course unit introduces students to theological reflection on the ethical aspects of Christian life and discipleship.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the sources of Christian ethics;
  2. Explain the central concepts of Christian ethics;
  3. Outline the key developments in Christian ethics;
  4. Demonstrate a familiarity with the literature of Christian ethics;
  5. Reflect on ethical issues in an integral way in the light of the various elements of Christian moral reasoning. 

 

Content

  1.  Theological Presuppositions: Trinity, Creation, Incarnation and the Kingdom of God.;
  2.  Contemporary culture, secularity and Christian Ethics. 
  3.  New Testament sources: Jesus’ preaching and Paul’s letters.
  4.  The historical development of Christian Ethics 
  5.  The anthropological, ecclesial and theological bases of Christian ethics.
  6. Human nature, freedom, responsibility and moral reasoning  
  7. Conscience, conversion and moral development
  8. The virtues, friendship and Christian discipleship
  9. Love, holiness and the Christian moral vocation
  10. The application of Christian ethics to human society.

 

Assessment Profile

  1. Summary/Critical Review
  2. Major Research Essay
  3. Exam

Schedule

Via distance education with compulsory residential component from August 28th to 31st.

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