Christians and Philosophical Ethics

These questions are based on the reading assignments. They are intended to help you reflect independently on what you have read. Respond to the following questions based on your reading of Holmes, Ethics, chaps. 1-6.

Holmes argues that Christians are responsible for a knowledge of “philosophical ethics” in addition to a knowledge of Scripture. What passage does he refer to in order to support this claim?
Holmes suggests that the subject of ethics is not interested in descriptive statements about how people behave but rather ____________ statements.
Similarly, Holmes suggests that ethics is less interested in what people do and more interested in what they ____________ to do.
Holmes refers to two moral theories, one individual and one social, that are primarily concerned with the consequences of moral decisions and acts. What are they?
Holmes suggests two moral principles that should guide Christian ethics. What are they?

Again, In chapter 1, Holmes asks, “If I have a religious commitment, why do I need an ethic? If I practice love, what more can anyone want? And perhaps most of all, if my religion teaches morality, what else can philosophical ethics contribute? Isn’t the Bible alone sufficient?” How would you respond to these questions? Post your own response by Wednesday of this Unit, and post a reply to two of your classmates by the final day of this Unit.

Required Text(s) and Resources

Title: Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions
Author: Arthur Holmes
Publisher: InterVarsity
ISBN Number: 9780830828036

Title: Life Together
Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Publisher: HarperOne
ISBN Number: 9780060608521

Title: “The Authority of Scripture and Christian Ethics,” chap. 2 in The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics, ed. Robin Gill (supplied online)
Author: Gareth Jones
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN Number: 9780521164832

Study Questions/Reflection Paper Rubric
Study Questions/Reflection Paper Rubric
Criteria Ratings Pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Quality of Information

50.0 pts
Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples.

40.0 pts
Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples.

35.0 pts
Information clearly relates to the main topic. Insufficient details and/or examples are given.

0.0 pts
Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.

50.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization

10.0 pts
Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings.

8.0 pts
Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs.

7.0 pts
Organization of information and construction of paragraphs need improving.

0.0 pts
The information is disorganized.

10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Amount of Information

15.0 pts
All subtopics are addressed and all questions answered with strong elaboration.

12.0 pts
All subtopics are addressed and most questions answered with adequate elaboration.

10.5 pts
All subtopics are addressed, and most questions answered with minimal elaboration

0.0 pts
One or more subtopics were not addressed.

15.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Sources

10.0 pts
All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented in the desired format.

8.0 pts
All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but a few are not in the desired format.

7.0 pts
All sources (information and graphics) are accurately documented, but many are not in the desired format.

0.0 pts
Some sources are not accurately documented; format is incorrect.

10.0 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Mechanics

15.0 pts
No grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors.

12.0 pts
Almost no grammatical, spelling or punctuation errors

10.5 pts
A few grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

0.0 pts
Many grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.

15.0 pts
Total Points: 100.0

 

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