This course will address the definition and specificity of theological ethics, as well as its relationship to other branches of theology and humanities. It will mainly examine through a historical journey the relations between faith and ethics and raise the question of the autonomy of morality and the specificity of an ethic of Christian inspiration.
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
A.4. To lay the foundations of an ethical discernment;
B.1. To know the notions proper to theology and its epistemology.
A.2.To understand and explain the Christian theological tradition in its major theoretical currents by contextualizing them;
B.2.To understand and explain the thinking of a theologian.
The teaching unit introduces first of all a reflection on the level of the approach envisaged by defining the notions of theology and moral theology / theological ethics and by proposing a reflection on the articulation between ethics, morals and practical wisdom. Following this introduction, the first chapter deals with a historical journey (from Christian antiquity to the present) on the evolution of moral theology. This course helps to identify the methodological problems peculiar to morality and to propose a reflection on the major themes of an ethic of Christian inspiration (chapter 2).
If the method is primarily taught by the lectures, it should be noted that particular themes can be addressed or inserted in certain chapters depending on the interests of the students.
A structure of the course is offered to the students as well as articles and book chapters.