Christian Ethics&Contemporary Moral Issues P/G

Field: Systematic Theology / Moral Theology
Unit Code(s):


Unit value: 24 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Online only

CT8100T Creeds (or equivalent) and one other CT or Field B unit

Content: In this unit students will explore Christian ethics as a way to understand and critically engage with the world and humankind in the light of the creedal affirmations of the Christian faith. Students will explore the way Christian convictions shape engagement with particular ethics issues facing society and our world, while also discussing weakness and confusions within some popular Christian approaches. 


Students will focus on particular current social and ethical issues and will explore these at depth from a chosen approach to Christian ethics or moral theology from among:

·     Ecclesial Ethics

·     The Anglican Moral Tradition

·     Feminist Ethics

·     Liberation Ethics

·     Catholic Moral Tradition.  

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • outline the principal approaches Christian ethics
  • desribe the contribution of key Christian ethicists and moral theologians across the traditions
  • appraise the strengths and weaknesses of particular Christian ethics or moral theology
  • analyse particular Christian ethical or moral traditions
  • evaluate and construct appropriate Christian responses to contemporary ethical issues of our time.
  • two reports, equivalent to 1,000 words (20%)
  • 2,000-word essay (30%)
  • 3,000-word essay (50%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Cahill, Lisa Sowle. Global justice, Christology and Christian ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Curran, Charles E., Margaret A. Farley, and Richard A. McCormick. Eds., Feminist ethics and the Catholic moral tradition. New York: Paulist Press, c1996.

Farley, Margaret A., edited and with an introduction by Jamie L. Manson. Changing the questions: explorations in Christian ethics. Maryknoll, New York Orbis Books, 2015.

Hauerwas, Stanley and Samuel Wells. Eds., The Blackwell companion to Christian ethics. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

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: SanFrancisco, 1996.

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

Parsons, Susan Frank. Ed., The Cambridge companion to feminist theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Porter, J. The Recovery of Virtue. London: SPCK, 1994.

*Wells, Samuel and Ben Quash. Introducing Christian ethics.Chichester, England: Wiley-Blackwell, c2010.