Theological Ethics & Public Life (ET-546)

Ethics involves examining life in an attempt to interpret what is going on. Theological ethics undertakes this examination with the conviction that all things exist in relation to God. In this course we will survey models of our common life that have prevailed in western Christianity in the modern period, reflect on the religious symbols, stories, practices and habits by which we make sense of what is going on in public life, and consider what possibilities exist for fostering a civil society. Issues to be considered include religion and politics, human rights, war and revolution, and the treatment of animals.

If you are not enrolled in a degree program but wish to register for this course, use the Online Registration for Special Students and Auditors.


Molly James


Fall 2020

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