Christian Ethics

CHRISTIAN ETHICS (Candler School of Theology, Fall 2008)

This course is an introduction to the nature, foundations, and history of Christian Ethics, from antiquity to the present.  It is also an opportunity to consider the continuing relevance and development of Christian ethics, and particularly the role of the Church, in responding to some of the most compelling issues of our time.  The course thus covers the philosophical and theological principles of Christian ethics and the application of these principles to an array of concerns related to social, political, and economic justice. Key objectives of the course include both giving students a basic introduction to Christian ethics in preparation for further academic work and equipping those with vocations in ministry and related fields with the ethical tools for responsible social action and social transformation.


“This course is helpful for every student, especially for those doing theology who will be dealing with/leading congregational communities. It highlighted significant ethical aspects not only of the Christian domain, but of the society as a whole–aspects that deserve special attention.”

“Broad survey of historical and contemporary ethical discourses.”

“Dealt with numerous issues and dealt with them in depth.”

“I appreciated the range of materials available and the variety of media used, from film and articles to readings.”

“Incredible reading list–an asset that I will continue to use.”

“Really fantastic range of articles–great variety of multi-media.”

“Amazing review of historical and contemporary Christian ethical issues. Amazing use of media resources.”

“Detailed descriptions of all the topics discussed. The way the course is handled quite suits the students’ needs.”

“Dr. Green was really prepared. I’ll use her outlines forever.”

“Well designed.”

“I was not interested in ethics at first. Now I’m very interested in the topic.”

“I thought I would not enjoy this class, but I found the topics stimulating.”

“Am much more interested in ethics.”

“Freedom of discovery!”


Robert Ellsberg, “Remembering Dorothy Day,”The Huffington Post, July 21, 2011