classmate’s position in a way that points out strengths and possible weaknesses. The goal of this is to help your classmate to improve his or her theory, so make your criticisms constructive. Be charitable – don’t assume that your classmate is making stupid mistakes, but instead where multiple interpretations are possible, assume that you classmate meant whichever
interpretation would make more sense. However, don’t hesitate to point out disputable assumptions, faulty arguments, and alternative possibilities if you are convinced that they exist. In short, criticize politely. If possible, you must reply to a classmate to whom no one else has yet replied. Treat your classmate’s opinion with sensitivity and respect. This is a university-level writing assignment. Therefore, it must be carefully proofread, free of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. Do not use slang, emoticons, or abbreviations as if you are texting or sending an email to a friend. You reply must be 500–600 words. You will be penalized for falling short or exceeding the word count. Any quotes or information used from sources other than yourself (including your classmate’s thread) must be cited using footnotes in current Turbian and will not count towards the total word count. Submit your reply by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 6.
After reading and studying different ethical theories throughout this course and semester, I have discovered two ethical theories that could be combined and used in determining what is morally right or morally wrong, otherwise known as immoral. Throughout this discussion forum, my goal is to explain the theories that I believe help us determine what is moral and immoral, and give the reasoning as to why I chose the ethical theories that I did. I believe that each one of us has some kind of measure or theory that we use to determine what is moral and immoral. The two theories that I believe can be combined to form my ethical theory are Virtue Ethics and Duty Ethics. According to Moral Reasoning: An Intentional Approach to Distinguishing Right from Wrong , Michael S. Jones defines virtue as “a character trait that inclines you to act and react in a moral way. 1 ” Jones uses Aristotle to help describe Virtue Ethics. Jones writes, “Aristotle says that virtues strike a balance between two extremes. 2 ” Virtue Ethics tends to focus on developing the character of a person, so that when necessary, one can act appropriately in a given situation. I believe that as Christians, we are supposed to strive to be like Christ and help fulfill the Great Commission. In order to fulfill our main purpose here on this earth, we must first become virtuous people. People who desire to be virtuous, practice virtuous acts like being kind to others and placing the principles of God’s Word to each aspect of life. Jones writes, “For we learn a craft by producing the same product that we must produce when we have learned it; we become builders, for instance, by building, and we become harpists by playing the harp.
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