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Fall 2018-2019
* REL 261 / CHV 261 (EM)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Christian Ethics and Modern Society

Eric S. Gregory

An introduction to ethical controversies in public life in light of modern disputes over the interpretation of Christian thought and practice. Is Christianity fundamentally at odds with the ethos of liberal democracy oriented toward rights, equality, and freedom? What do Christian beliefs and moral concepts imply about issues related to feminism, racism, and pluralism? What is the relationship between religious convictions, morality, and law? Special emphasis on selected political and economic problems, sexuality and marriage, bioethics, capital punishment, the environment, war, immigration, and the role of religion in American culture.

Sample reading list:
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Reinhold Niebuhr, Augustine and Christian Realism
Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go From Here?
Philipa Foot, The Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of Double Effect
Gustavo Gutierrez, A Theology of Liberation
Pope Francis, On Care For Our Common Home
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Careful reading of the assigned materials each week, regular participation in preceptorial discussion, two 5- page critical reflection papers, midterm, and final exam.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Community-Based Learning Component Optional

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22190 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th        Enrolled:157 Limit:300
22191 P99 TBA        Enrolled:157 Limit:300