Basic introduction to pastoral and social ethics.
About this Class
Theoretical and theological basis for Christians living an ethical life.
Overview of the class and definition of key terms.
Discussion of consequentialism, hedonism and utilitarianism.
The deontological ethic judges morality by examining the nature of actions and the will of agents rather than goals achieved.
Plato and Aristotle emphasize moral virtues. Agapism teaches that love should be the sole ultimate value and that all other values are derived from it.
C.S. Lewis compares morality to a fleet of ships. In order for them to have a successful voyage, they must run properly, be headed for the right destination, and the relations between the ships must be in proper order.
The role of individuals and government in meeting the needs of people in society.
Definition of justice and the role of individuals and the state in accomplishing justice.
Economics is a way of thinking about accumulating, distributing and determining value of resources.
Two major economic systems are capitalism and socialism.
Definition of Marxism and description of different types of Marxism and liberation theology.
Interventionism is the government stepping in to regulate a capitalistic economy.
Public education is facing challenges related to ethical relativism, values clarification, and functional, cultural, moral and spiritual illiteracy.
Some possible solutions for the problems in public education would include increased role of the family, increased motivation of students, local control of the education system, separation of the school and state, and educational choice.
Scripture is the starting point for a system of biblical ethics, but there are not ready-made answers for every situation.
The issues surrounding abortion center on when life begins, the rights of the mother, and the morality of ending a pregnancy by terminating a preborn child.
Many of the leaders in the feminist movement promote arguments in favor of legalized abortion.
Many people who promote infanticide also support euthanasia.
The bible teaches that homosexuality is not moral. Some studies indicate that people that practice a homosexual lifestyle have a high statistical chance of contracting AIDS.
Discussion of biblical, practical and legal issues surrounding the issues of capital punishment and civil disobedience.
Some people think the bible teaches that there are situations when a war is justified, and others think that the bible teaches pacifism.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the programs intended for?
The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.
Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?
In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.
Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?
At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.