2011 unit archive
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This unit considers ethics in a pluralist society. It offers an introduction to the principal theories of ethics such as utilitarianism, divine command ethics, basic goods theory. It explores the themes of Christian faith and ethics, Christian anthropology, and the sources of moral knowledge. These themes in turn give rise to consideration of the role of human experience, scripture, narrative, emotions, and worship, within contemporary Christian ethics. Further themes include an introduction to moral conscience, virtue, character and discipleship in the context of Christian ethics. The implications of these theoretical issues are considered in relation to their application to specific ethical issues.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
30 points of Foundational study in each of Biblical Studies and Christian Thought and History
2 hour lecture + 1 hour tutorial weekly for 12 weeks
* = set texts recommended for purchase
Biggar, N. The Hastening that Waits: Karl Barth's Ethics. Rev. ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.
Black, R. Christian Moral Realism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
Finnis, J. Natural Law and Natural Rights. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980.
Hauerwas, S. The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.
Hauerwas, S. A Community of Character: Toward a constructive Christian social ethic. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981.
Hoose, B., (ed.) Christian Ethics: An Introduction. London: Cassell, 1998.
Keenan, James F. Virtues for Ordinary Christians. Kansas: Sheed & Ward, 1996.
Porter, Jean. The Recovery of Virtue. London: SPCK, 1994.
Singer, P. (ed.) Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
Spohn, W. What are they Saying about Scripture and Ethics. New York: Paulist Press 1995.