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My Personal Ethical Theory and Justifying Killing Capstone Essay Liberty University 02/25/2019 ETHC 101-B16 1 | P a g e
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Table of Contents 1. Introduction…………………………………………………………… 3 2. Virtue Ethics……………………………………………………………3 3. Revelation Christian Ethics………………………………………….4 4. Divine Nature Theory…………………………………………………5 5. Justifying Killing……………………………………………………….6 6. Conclusion……………………………………………………………...9 7. Bibliography…………………………………………………………10 Introduction 2 | P a g e
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This paper is going to attempt to answer the question, “Is there ever a time when killing is justifiable?” I will give information on my views and apply the metaethical theories to this real-life situation that many people disagree on. My personal ethical theory includes a mix of three ethics we have studied in this course; Virtue Ethics, Revelation Christian Ethics, and Divine Nature Theory. First, I will describe my personal ethical theory and the application process. I will then apply these theories to the real-life situation of the question given above. I do see that not everyone will agree and have the same feelings. They may get to a different conclusion of their own then I have on this topic. It is okay to have differences of opinion and disagree on many topics not just the one presented. Virtue Ethics The approach to virtue ethics essentially says, “good ethical decisions will be made by good people.” 1 In my personal ethical theory the part that best explains it, is that virtue ethics is based on how you are raised and about the moral characteristics that you were raised with and still hold. “Aristotle observed that there is a reason for everything that exists.” 2 He also refers to virtues as being character traits, and these persuade how you act and react in a moral way. Aristotle also referred this ethic as being a balance between two extremes, also known as the “Golden Mean. My personal 1 Laura A Stivers, Christine E. Gudorf, and James B. Martin-Schramm. Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012), 10-1. 2 Michael S. Jones. Moral Reasoning: An Intentional Approach to Distinguishing Right from Wong. (Dubuque. IA: Kendall Hunt, 2017) 36-2 2 3 | P a g e
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definition of virtue ethics means that you practice being honest, generous, or is just. (practice actions that proceed as good moral character). Then you, as a person can develop into becoming an honorable moral character. When and if you continue to practice these ethical habits, you will have confidence in what the right choices are when you get confronted with ethical challenges. The only problem with this theory that I find and think about is that it leaves out God.
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