Details for Christian Ethics

In an era of moral relativism, Christians should stand out as moral beacons.  In fact, however, it is increasingly the case that Church is seen not as a community of love but, rather, as a legalistic, dogmatic, mean-spirited and hypocritical institution.  This unit helps students to think through how they go about making ethical decisions.  It argues against legalism, and sets up a theological method of approaching ethics that prioritises grace and the power of the Spirit. It also facilitates guided reflection on personal morality and societal ethical issues.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE504
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Grant Buchanan


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Christian Ethics

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This subject is designed to explore theological and philosophical bases for ethical decision making, and to facilitate guided reflection on personal morality and societal ethical issues. The subject intends to emphasise the communal and contextual nature of ethical decision making.


  1. Describe and assess alternative biblical, theological, sociological and philosophical approaches to ethical decision-making;
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply ethical theory in making moral judgements about personal and public issues;
  3. Examine the relationship between ethical theory, personal morality, and the development of conscience and virtues;
  4. Critically evaluate alternate perspectives on ways in which Christians should engage with public ethical issues.

Subject Content

  1. Ethical Theories and Utilitarianism
  2. Deontological Ethics: Absolutism and the Bible
  3. Conscience and Virtue Ethics
  4. Situational Ethics and Theological Ethics
  5. Christian Ethics in the Public Sphere
  6. Human Sexuality: Created as Sexual Beings
  7. Human Sexuality: Homosexuality and Transgender Issues
  8. War and Peace
  9. Human Life: Abortion, Euthanasia, and Bio-Ethics
  10. Business Ethics
  11. Creation and Ethics: Environment and Animals
  12. Ministerial Ethics

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Forum Discussion (20% )
  • Public Engagement Article (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Stanley Grenz, The Moral Quest: Foundations of Christian Ethics (Grand Rapids, Mi.: IVP, 1997).

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any textbooks