This unit explores community, love and justice as key themes of Christian theology, ethics, Christian anthropology. It explores the sources of moral knowledge and consideration of the role of human experience, scripture, narrative, and worship as shaping Christian ethics. Themes explored include an introduction to moral conscience, virtue, character and discipleship The unit offers an opportunity to integrate basic Christian theological, biblical and historical perspectives and to enter into critical discussion with ethical issues that face contemporary society.

Unit code: DT3109T (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Moral Theology

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning outcomes


Distinguish between the respective roles of human experience, Scripture, narrative, emotions, and worship, within contemporary Christian ethics


Demonstrate a basic understanding of the principal theories of Christian ethics


Apply Christian ethical methods to contemporary case studies


Appraise the strengths and weaknesses of each theory of ethics


Integrate Christian faith and contemporary ethics with specific examples.

Unit sequence

CT1000T Christian Creeds (or equivalent) and one other level 2 CT or BS


6 fortnightly sessions online. Each session consists of the teacher's multi-media lessons augmented by the set texts, online forums and tasks.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Biggar, N. The Hastening that Waits: Karl Barth's Ethics. Rev. ed. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995.
  • Black, R. Christian Moral Realism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Finnis, J. Natural Law and Natural Rights. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1980.
  • Hauerwas, S. The Peaceable Kingdom: A Primer in Christian Ethics. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1983.
  • Hauerwas, S. A Community of Character: Toward a constructive Christian social ethic. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1981.
  • Hoose, B., (ed.) Christian Ethics: An Introduction. London: Cassell, 1998.
  • Keenan, James F. Virtues for Ordinary Christians. Kansas: Sheed & Ward, 1996.
  • Porter, Jean. The Recovery of Virtue. London: SPCK, 1994.
  • Singer, P. (ed.) Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Spohn, W. What are they Saying about Scripture and Ethics. New York: Paulist Press 1995.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay of 1,500 words

1500 30.0

Essay of 2,500 words

2500 60.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial reflection equivalent of 1,000 words

1000 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100