How should Christians respond to violence, racism, and economic injustice? What choices face us as we seek to be faithful to Jesus as we make decisions about sexuality and healthcare? How do we develop an ecological, Earth-honoring approach to social change? What values and beliefs should shape the communities where we debate and discern morally and theologically coherent choices that reflect our Earthkeeping vocation as humans? To tackle questions like these, we need to employ ethical thinking, and this course outlines the traditional approaches to doing just that, using a case studies approach to deepen students’ ability to think ethically. Our focus will be on the major forms of normative Christian ethics (social ethics, goal ethics, duty ethics, and virtue ethics), while also introducing environmental ethical theory and the role our faith has to play in our lives.
Instructor: Malinda Elizabeth Berry, PhD