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Christian EthicsandModern Society2009Syllabus

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Christian Ethics and Modern Society Religion 261 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 Email: [email protected] Precepts: TBA Adam Eitel: [email protected]nceton.edu Course Description : 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. I hope 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. This 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. Requirements : Careful reading of the required materials each week. Regular, active, 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) Stanley Hauerwas, The Peaceable Kingdom H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ & Culture Martin Luther King, Jr., edited by James M. Washington, I Have A Dream Course Packet , available at Pequod (in the U Store) Grading Distribution : Two Papers…………….30% Late papers without extensions will be subject to grade penalty. Extensions must be requested at least three days in advance of the due date. Midterm………………..20% Final……………………30% Precept…………………20%
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A Note on the Readings : Apart from the three assigned books, all readings are in the Course Packet (CP), on E-Reserves (ER), or linked through Blackboard under Course Materials (B). In the interest of reducing costs, I placed several items on e- reserve that normally would be included in a course packet. It is your responsibility to print these materials, read them, and bring them to precept. Materials also are available on reserve at Firestone Library, and a copy of the course packet will be available in the Religion Department lounge in1879 Hall.
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