Christian Ethics and Modern Society
Professor Eric Gregory
Fall 2009, Computer Science 104
Office: Room 136, 1879 Hall
Lecture Hours: T/Th 11:00-11:50AM
Office Phone: 258-5298
Office Hours: TBA
Adam Eitel: email@example.com
An introduction to Christian ideals of conduct, character, and community, and to modern
disputes over their interpretations and applications.
Are Christian virtues and principles
fundamentally at odds with the ethos of liberal democracy oriented toward rights,
equality, and freedom?
What do Christian beliefs and moral concepts imply about issues
related to feminism, racism, and pluralism?
Special emphasis on selected political and
economic problems, sexuality and marriage, bioethics, capital punishment, the
environment, war, and the role of religion in public life.
A Note on Precepts
: Given the nature of this course, precepts are very important.
that you find precepts not only helpful in understanding the lectures and the readings, but
also helpful in developing your capacity to engage difficult moral problems and the
contributions of different traditions in Christian ethics.
There are strong and opposing
opinions on ethical and religious issues.
All members of a precept should feel
comfortable expressing their views and respectfully engaging the views of others.
requires everyone to be prepared to listen to arguments they may find objectionable and
to be intellectually vulnerable to arguments that potentially recommend that view.
Precepts should be enjoyable and respectful, not a burden—even when the problems
themselves are hard.
: Careful reading of the required materials each week.
and thoughtful participation in precept discussions.
Two five page critical reflection
papers, a midterm and a final examination.
Please note: failure to complete any one of
these requirements will result in failure of the course.
Books For Purchase
(available at Labyrinth Books, Nassau Street)
The Peaceable Kingdom
H. Richard Niebuhr,
Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by James M. Washington,
I Have A Dream
, available at Pequod (in the U Store)
Late papers without extensions will be subject to grade penalty.
Extensions must be
requested at least three days in advance of the due date.