Principles of Christian Ethics

This postgraduate unit  introduces theological reflection on the ethical aspects of Christian life and discipleship and also provides the graduate student with a methodological basis for further studies in Christian ethics. It investigates the theological presuppositions; contemporary culture, secularity and Christian Ethics; the New Testament sources, and the historical development; the anthropological, ecclesial and theological bases of Christian ethics; human nature, freedom, responsibility and moral reasoning; conscience, conversion and moral development; the virtues, friendship and Christian discipleship; love, holiness and the Christian moral vocation; the application of Christian ethics to human society.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Ethics

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. distinguish and clarify the sources of Christian ethics
  2. explain the central concepts and principles in Christian ethics
  3. describe the key developments in the history of 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.
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