A systematic examination of the meaning of morality and the foundations of ethics in Scripture; an analysis of Christian conceptions of morality from various perspectives; an examination and analysis of particular ethical issues surrounding Christian involvement in and responses to war and violence.
In this paper, particular attention is given to the pacifist and 'just war' traditions, to theological responses to state tyranny, and to acts of terrorism in the modern world. The paper concludes with an extended study of the Christian imperative to forgive one's enemies and a consideration of its applicability in national and international conflict, including historical conflicts in New Zealand between M´?¢ori and the Crown.
|Paper title||Christianity, War and Violence|
|Subject||Christian Thought and History|
|Points||18 points 18 points|
|Teaching period(s)||Second Semester, Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$904.05|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,954.75|
- 36 100-level points
- CHTH 331, CHTX 231, CHTX 331
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
- Professor Murray Rae: firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information link
View more information on the Theology Programme’s website
- Teaching staff
- Lecturer: Professor Murray Rae
- Paper Structure
- The paper is comprised of three modules:
- Ethics and the Bible
- Ethics in a Violent World
- Violence and the Christian Tradition
- Essay 1 (25%)
- Essay 2 (35%)
- Essay 3 (40%)
- Teaching Arrangements
- Campus: A teaching day (3:30 pm - 9.00 pm) takes place in week two of the semester,
which replaces all lectures in the first three weeks of the semester (except for the
first lecture), followed by three lectures per week for the remainder of the semester.
Distance: A teaching day and four 2-hour videoconferences.
- A course book has been developed for this paper.
Recommended textbook: Richard B. Hays, The Moral Vision of the New Testament: A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics (New York: Harper and Row, 1996).
- Course outline
- View the course outline for CHTH 231
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to
- Understand the theological framework within which Christian ethics has its place
- Recognise and understand the distinctive features of a Christian approach to ethics
- Analyse the strengths and weaknesses of this approach as it pertains to contemporary challenges in the global community