Methods in Christian Ethics

This unit introduces the methods and principles of Christian ethical reflection and moral theology. It provides a methodological basis for specialised studies in Christian ethics. It considers the distinctiveness of Christian ethics, commandment and beatitude, approaches to moral normativity, natural law theories and the question of nature and grace, the principles of moral reasoning and discernment, the moral evaluation of human action, freedom, responsibility, conscience, passions and virtues, authority, tradition and moral absolutes, and human life and the dignity of the person.

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Christian Ethics

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the nature of Christian ethics and its biblical foundations
  2. Identify and clarify the anthropological bases of the Christian moral life
  3. Explain how to evaluate moral action in accordance with Christian faith and reason
  4. Utilise skills in Christian moral reasoning, in the light of Scripture and tradition
  5. Explore a contemporary moral issue from a Christian moral perspective
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