TH6605 - Christian Ethics and the Bible


Christian Ethics and the Bible


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Introducing Christian Ethics

Ethics and Scripture (Old Testament and New Testament)

Precursors of an Ethical System

Comparative Overview of Ethical Approaches

Biblical Moral Norms and Ethical Paradigms

    Moral Principles:Analysis of ethical implications

    Moral Principles Exemplified in the Bible

    Summary and Synthesis of Biblical Ethical Norms

   Theoretical Formulation of Biblical Ethical Paradigm

Applications of Biblical Principles to Present Pressing Moral Issues

   Ecological Responsibility, Global Poverty, War on Terrorism, Bioethics, Abortion, Sexuality

To enable students to develop analytical-critical thinking about Biblical ethical norms and their applications to pressings issues confronting Christians in a postmodern world.

To discuss a Christian biblical-theological perspective on morality and its significance and implications to individual and societal life situations. 

To examine the dynamics of how the Biblical writers related to their contemporary moral problems and extrapolate  from this Bible-based ethical paradigms for Christians today as they deal with pressing postmodern moral issues.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

1. An in-depth understanding and critical appreciation of the Biblical ethical norms and its relevance for Christians to present day life situations

2. A wider perspective of Christian ethics amidst other ethical options.

3. A thorough knowledge of Christian morality from a biblical perspective and how to relate it to individual and societal moral issues.

4. An ability to analyse and criticize moral issues and apply biblical Christian principles in relating to these issues.


Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment 100%1-4Coursework

As assessment

Clark, D. K., & Rakestraw, R. V. (1994). Readings in Christian ethics. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

Davis, J. J. (2004). Evangelical ethics : issues facing the church today (3rd ed.). Phillipsburg, N.J.: P & R Pub.

Fedler, K. D. (2006). Exploring Christian ethics : biblical foundations for morality (1st ed.). Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press.

Geisler, N. L. (1989). Christian ethics. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House.

Gill, R. (2001). The Cambridge companion to Christian ethics. Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press.

Hauerwas, Stanely and Wells, Samule, eds (2004). The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics. Blackwell:Oxford.

Hays, R. B. (1996). The moral vision of the New Testament : community, cross, new creation : a contemporary introduction to New Testament ethics (1st ed.). [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco.

Holmes, A. F. (2007). Ethics : approaching moral decisions (2nd ed.). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Houlden, J. L. (2004). Ethics and the New Testament. London ; New York: T & T Clark International

MacIntyre, A. (2009) God, Philosophy, Universities: A Selective History of the Catholic Philosophical Tradition. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.

Steiner, M. A. (2006). The rhetoric of Operation Rescue : projecting the Christian pro-life message. New York: T & T Clark.

Stivers, R. L. (2005). Christian ethics : a case method approach (3rd ed.). Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

Stephen Vantassel


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