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Study Guide Exam 1 Chapter 1 The Unseen Foundations of the U.S. Legal System: Ethics, Justice, Public Policy, and Logic 1. Proverbs 22:22 – 23 speaks of “exploiting the poor because they are poor” and “crushing the needy in court” 2. Deuteronomy 25:13 – 16, what is God’s attitude toward a person who “deals dishonestly,” Proverbs 20:23 also discusses God’s attitude toward dishonest weights and measures. Christian Ethics and the Spread of Christianity: 1. Who could believe that by 313 A.D. a decree of toleration would be issued and by 380 A.D. Christianity would become the official religion of the Roman Empire. 2. The genius of Christianity was/is that it teaches one to have love for all people, even enemies – a radical inclusiveness. In Luke 6, Jesus talks about loving your enemies and turning the other cheek. 3. As many as one third of the population of the Roman Empire were slaves who were treated as property without rights. 4. Redemption (Colossians 1) came from a legal term to describe someone who paid the debt to keep another from being sold into slavery. 5. When you see modern U.S. economic and disaster relief going to strangers, realize that this is a cultural byproduct of Christianity. 6. We all face a fundamental ethical problem in that we must use other life in order to maintain our own life (Galatians 6 says “carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” The Key Ethical Issue You Will Face in Business: 1. Will you have the moral courage to speak up when your business makes management decisions based solely upon maximizing profits without any concern for the impact that these decisions have upon individuals as well as the broader society? 2. The corporation has proven to be a wonderful tool to manage and increase capital, but it has not feelings. You must be the conscience of your business. Ethics and Moral Distinguished: 1. Define and distinguished ethics and morals. Morals refer to abstract general principles of conduct one may believe. Ethics involves the application of these principles to specific situations. 2. It is possible to have an ethical person who is not particularly moral or a moral person who is not at all ethical. a. Abstract belief Morals b. Religious action Ethics A Short Discussion Concerning Religious Belief and Action: 1. In religious based ethics the actions is most important. One could say that the motive for the action is not relevant. 2. It is frequently said that the two ditches on either side of the ethical road are being either unrighteous or being self-righteous. The Complexity of Business Ethics: 1. Why is ethical decision making more complex in business that in our personal lives? It is more difficult because there are so many groups to consider (“stakeholders” are persons impacted by decisions) such as shareholders, employees, customers, suppliers, and the community where the business operates. The Limitations of Human Thought:
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course MGMT 460 taught by Professor Lynn during the Spring '08 term at Abilene Christian University.

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BLAW Study Guide Exam 1 - Study Guide Exam 1 Chapter 1 The...

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