Theological ethics II

lreli1352b  2017-2018  Louvain-la-Neuve

Theological ethics II
2 credits
15.0 h

  This biannual learning unit is not being organized in 2017-2018 !

Main themes
The teaching unit addresses the criticisms of Christian ethics and reflects on the foundations of an ethical approach of Christian inspiration and its links to other branches of theology and the human sciences. It develops, according to the other ethics courses of the program, fundamental themes such as autonomy, conscience/consciousness, natural law, relation to Scripture and tradition. It deals fundamentally with the main characteristics of an ethic of Christian inspiration.

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;

D.2. To provide critical advice on public debates related to Christianity (media, culture, education, etc.).

Secondary Aims:

A.2. To understand and explain the Christian theological tradition in its major theoretical currents by contextualising them;

B.2. To understand and explain the thought of a theologian;

C.2. To master the documentary bases to develop research in theology.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The course presents the major criticisms of Christian ethics (Marx, Nietzsche, Freud), and starts from them a theological reflection that begins 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, etc., tensioning with the courses of the program 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.
Evaluation methods
Evaluation: Oral examination
Other information
Prerequisites: None
Support: A structure of the course is offered to the students as well as articles and book chapters.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Bachelor in religious studies