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PHI3013 - Philosophy and Christian Ethics

Course Description

A study of the major moral theories of western philosophy with particular attention given to intellectual, cultural and philosophical influences. The course will include a survey of the philosophical task, the language of philosophical discourse, and treatment of several contemporary moral problems in light of the resources of western philosophy.

Course Objectives

The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:

  1. State with clarity why a study of ethics is necessary and important for an effective lifestyle and ministry.
  2. Develop a working understanding of and comfort with the terms related to a study of ethics within a philosophical framework.
  3. Survey the historical and biblical development of philosophical and ethical thinking and application.
  4. Analyze the nature of truth and its source of authority as suggested in the approaches taken by science, philosophy, and religion.
  5. Appreciate the roles of the Christian Scriptures, the Holy Spirit, human conscience, and community environments in the formation of character.
  6. Identify and apply at least four models of decision-making to life and ministerial issues of ethics.
  7. Present a concise presentation of your assigned position for this week.

The following competencies, as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: United States of America Edition, 2006, to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:

  • Ability to synthesize, analyze, reason logically for discernment, assessment, and problem solving and live with ambiguity.(CP-10)
  • Ability to analyze the validity of arguments and to identify their presuppositions and consequences.(CP-11)
  • Ability to apply basic understanding of ethical theories to teach and nurture ethical behavior in the Christian community.(CH-1)
  • Ability to discern and make theologically based ethical decisions in the midst of a complex and/or paradoxical context.(CH-2)
  • Ability to teach and Model Sexual purity.(CH-3)
  • Ability to understand and apply the unique ethical dimensions of spiritual leadership in the church.(CH-4)
  • Ability to apply Christian ethics to the issues of the integrity of the minister and the congregation for authentic Christian faithfulness and public witness.(CH-5)
  • Ability to practice faithful stewardship of personal relations including gender relationships, marriage & family, personal finance, and professional conduct.(CH-12)

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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