Sources and Principles of Christian Ethics

This unit introduces theological reflection on the ethical aspects of Christian life and discipleship. 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. Identify and describe the sources of Christian ethics
  2. Explain the central concepts in Christian ethics
  3. Outline the key developments in 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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