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RST-303 Christian Ethics

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

The course presents a historical overview of Christian ethics as presented by the Bible, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and contemporary figures.  The course examines selected topics in sexual ethics, bioethics, and social ethics.  Prerequisite: RST-201. The course fulfills the general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and values.  [3 credits]

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

1.  Explain the origins of Christian ethics in the stories of the people of Israel, Jesus of Nazareth, and the earliest Christian communities

2.  Articulate how Christian ethics developed over time through the interaction of the ethics of the bible with different historical and cultural contexts and different ethical theories

3.  Describe the distinctive features of major contemporary approaches to Christian ethics, including universal ethics, subversive ethics, and ecclesial ethics

4.  Express clearly and convincingly, both orally and in writing, students’ positions on a range of contemporary moral issues.

5.  Demonstrate a capacity for mature ethical judgments consistent with the Christian tradition.

6.  Apply these various approaches to moral issues in political and economic life, in human relationships and sexuality, and at the beginning and end of life

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Attendance at all classes and active participation
  2. Eight one-page papers
  3. Mid-term exam
  4. Final research paper and presentation

REQUIRED/RECOMMENDED TEXTBOOK(S) OR MATERIALS:

Access the bookstore website at www.ndm.bncollege.com  for textbook information.

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • Assignments and/or chapter(s) being discussed on the first day of class are indicated in the course syllabus found on the Joule course site and require reading/completion prior to coming to class.