Christian Ethics: Community, Love, Justice (P/G)

Field: Moral Theology / Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): DT9100T (class based) or DT9109T (online) / CT9100T (class based) or CT9109T (online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Postgraduate (Elective)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: CT8010T Christian Creeds or equivalent AND one other P/G Systematic Theology or Biblical Studies unit
Content: This unit explores community, love and justice as key themes of Christian faith and ethics, Christian anthropology. It explores the sources of moral knowledge and consideration of the role of human experience, scripture, narrative, emotions, and worship as shaping Christian ethics. Themes explored include an introduction to moral conscience, virtue, character and discipleship. The unit offers an opportunity to integrate basic Christian theological, biblical and historical perspectives and to enter into critical discussion with ethical issues that face contemporary society.
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • distinguish between the roles of human experience, Scripture, narrative, emotions, and worship, within contemporary Christian ethics.
  • demonstrate a basic understanding of the principal theories of Christian ethics
  • apply Christian ethical methods to contemporary case studies
  • appraise the strengths and weaknesses of each theory of ethics
  • critically assess approaches to contemporary ethics in the light of present issues
  • 1 x essay of 2,000 words (30%)
  • 1 x essay of 3,000 (60%)
  • 1 x seminar paper (face-to-face) or tutorial reflection (online), equivalent of 1,000 words (10%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Biggar, N. Behaving in Public: How do Christians Do Christian Ethics. Grand Rapids Mich. / Cambridge UK: Eerdmans, 2011.

Burridge, Richard A. Imitating Jesus: An Inclusive Approach to New Testament Ethics. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2007.

Countryman, L. William. Dirt, Greed and Sex: Sexual Ethics and Their Implications for Today. London: SCM, 1988.

Farley, Margaret A., Ed. Jamie L. Manson. Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2015.

Gill, Robin, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edn, 2012

Harrington SJ, Daniel and Keenan SJ, James. Jesus and Virtue Ethics: Building Bridges Between New Testament Studies and Moral Theology. Lanham/Chicago IL: Sheed and Ward, 2002.

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.

Hays, R.B. The Moral Vision of the New Testament—Community, Cross, New Creation: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics. Harper: San Francisco, 1996.

Holmgren, S. Ethics after Easter. Cambridge MA: Cowley, 2000

Macquarrie, J and Childress, J. (eds), A Dictionary of Christian Ethics, SCM, 1986

* Messer, Neil. SCM Study guide to Christian Ethics, SCM, 2006

Parsons, S.F. Feminism and Christian Ethics. Cambridge: CUP, 1996.     

Spohn, W. What are they Saying about Scripture and Ethics? New York: Paulist Press, 1995.

 Lecturer: The Revd Dr Don Saines
 Timetable: Offered in 2017 in Semester 1 only.