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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-Engaged Learning Component Optional

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22190 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   Robertson Hall   100   Enrolled:151 Limit:200
24215 P01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am M   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
24216 P02 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm M   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
24217 P03 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am T   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
24218 P04 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am T   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
24219 P05 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T   Frist Campus Center   309   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
24220 P06 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm T   Frist Campus Center   309   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
24221 P07 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am W   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:12 Limit:13
24222 P08 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am W   Class of 1879 Hall   137   Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
24223 P09 09:00:00 am - 09:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:10 Limit:13
24224 P10 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:11 Limit:13
24225 P11 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:13 Limit:13 Closed
24226 P12 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   26   Enrolled:14 Limit:13 Closed
22191 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled