In today's self-centered culture, it can be challenging to maintain a God-centered ethic. However, this course offers a valuable opportunity to explore and understand how to demonstrate such an ethic in our daily lives. By utilizing a biblical model, we will delve into the realm of ethics within a postmodern world, examining the philosophical aspects of obligation and value.
Throughout the course, thought-provoking lectures will guide us in exploring various ethical systems, shedding light on their underlying assumptions. We will critically evaluate these theories for their legitimacy, relevancy, and cogency, striving to gain a deeper understanding of their implications in our lives.
The ultimate objective of this course is to equip learners with a Christian framework of values and ethics. By immersing ourselves in this framework, we can navigate the complexities of a truth-relative world and make decisions that honor God. Emphasizing the importance of aligning our choices with biblical principles, this course will empower us to live ethically and stand firm in our convictions.
By the end of this transformative journey, learners will not only gain a comprehensive understanding of ethical theories but will also be equipped with practical tools to apply those principles in their everyday lives. Together, we will strive to create a positive and impactful change by embracing a God-centered ethic that shines brightly in a self-centered culture.Course Aims
- Understand the concepts and principles of ethical theories and how they cohere with their theoretical assumptions.
- Understand the concepts and principles of Christian ethics and their relationship to Biblical revelation and our Weltanschauung.
- Apply the concepts and principles of ethical theories to contemporary problems.
- Evaluate ethical systems by both internal and external criteria.
Students will learn to understand the concepts and principles, apply concepts and principles and evaluate concepts and principles in Christian ethics from:
- Reading the three textbooks.
- Listening to the lectures which expand the text.
- Researching and writing a major paper that expands on the class.
1 Cognitive Objectives
- Know the basic concepts and principles of ethical systems.
- Know methods and procedure in ethics.
- Justify methods and procedures in ethics.
- Apply concepts and principles of ethics to new situations.
- Use methods and procedures correctly.
- Identify unstated assumptions in ethical theories.
- Recognize logical fallacies in reasoning.
- Evaluate the relevancy of evidence to ethical assertions.
- Integrate learning from other theological areas for ethical problem solving.
- Judge the adequacy with which conclusions are supported by evidence.
2. Affective Objectives
- Show awareness of the importance of learning.
- Demonstrate a high value on problem resolution in ethics.
- Formulate and develop a ministry life plan in harmony with beliefs, abilities and interests.
- Demonstrate industry, punctuality and self-discipline.
Davis, John J. Evangelical Ethics. 3rd ed., Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2004.
Fletcher, Joseph. Situation Ethics: The New Morality. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1997.
Geisler, Norman. Christian Ethics: Options and Issues. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1989.
- Lectures/Study Questions: Listen to each of the twenty-three recorded lectures and interact with the corresponding study questions in the Study Guide.
- Reading: The three required texts for this course (to be read in their entirety) offer expanded studies beyond the lectures and either compliment, supplement, or contrast with the view presented.
- Research Project
- Prepare a research paper of 2,500 to 3000 words on any of the following:
- a contemporary moral problem,
- the application of ethics to the ministry,
- the motivational dynamic of Christian life,
- the ethics of a recent theologian/ethicist.
- The paper is to be based on a minimum of 750 pages of reading.
- The paper is due with the final examination.
Objective: to develop critical thinking skills through personal interaction with the content of the course and the responses of others within a diverse community of learners.
Students will submit a portfolio of responses and essays