Christian Ethics

TH 3XI3/5XI5/6XI6

This course emphasizes an applied ethics approach which asks students to think not only about the nature of goodness and what it means to be a good person, but about how to apply ethical ideals from a Christian perspective. What is a good life? How should we relate to others? How do we apply moral understanding (or knowledge) in the digital age?

A large part of thinking about ethics is learning to develop moral or ethical argumentation—to rationally fight for the credibility of one position over another. By doing so, one begins to develop the ability to navigate through competing claims of truth and practice—determining which possible actions are good and which are bad, healthy and unhealthy, Christian and other.


  • By the end of this course students will possess greater knowledge of the biblical, theological, and philosophical foundations for Christian ethics.


  • By the end of this course students will be able to identify new ways in which to meaningfully develop Christian character and relationships with others—guided by ethical principles that are rooted in biblical and theological traditions.


  • By the end of this course students will be able to apply Christian ethics to contemporary issues in life and ministry, and to formulate arguments for and against specific moral problems.