In order to achieve its aims, the course will cover the following topics: the definition and specificity of Christian ethics, the relationship between theological ethics and other branches of theology and human sciences, the issue of moral autonomy and the contribution of faith to ethical reflection. The course, echoed by two other ethics courses (social ethics and bioethics), will deepen certain themes (consciousness, law, freedom) and introduce students to a critical reading of authors and problems.
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At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
At the end of this course, the student will be able:
- to perceive the issue of an ethical reflection in theology;
- to reflect on the contribution of theological reflection on ethics;
- to approach critically theological texts on morals.
The course presents the major criticisms of Christian ethics (Marx, Nietzsche, Freud), and begins from them a theological reflection which starts by drawing the framework of theological reflection by posing the great notions like creation, covenant, salvation, and then revisiting the notions of freedom, law, conscience/consciousness, etc., in discussion with courses devoted to social ethics and bioethics. The final chapter is devoted to the specificity of Christian ethics and to a reflection on the major components of the ethical approach in general and the ethical approach inspired by the Christian faith in particular.
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.