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Christian ethics: Moral dilemmas or something more


Consider this experience. I normally begin a course in Christian Ethics by asking the students to say the first image or word that comes to mind when they hear the words ‘morality’ or ‘ethics’. It is intriguing to find, even in 2011, how often the response is ‘rules’ or ‘solving moral dilemmas.’ Perhaps the first phrase indicates a view of the moral life that is deeply-embedded for cultural or religious reasons. The second response is more understandable, given the nature of public life. Church leaders are called to respond to legal and moral questions concerning, for example, IVF, same-sex marriage, genetic engineering, economic justice, asylum seekers, etc.



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