To Live or Not to Live? What Does It Mean to Live with Virtues and Values?
LAS 487 - To Live or Not to Live? What Does It Mean to Live with Virtues and Values?3 hours What is right? What is wrong? Better yet, why is it right or wrong? This course will examine the essential insights of Christian ethics and virtues as they relate to everyday living in this present time and experience. Through a multi-cultural lens we will examine several questions: Is what we believe to be right or wrong universal? Do other cultures have the same virtues we have? Why are they the same or different and does that matter? Has technology and the access to global information affected what we view to be virtuous? We will examine contemporary issues in the world today to see how they shape our understanding of virtues, the formation of a Christian ethical society and any changes to our understanding of human dignity, rights, freedoms, natural law, stages of social/moral development and commitments. Christian social teachings will be integrated with Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics through the use of films and case studies on various contemporary topics such as economic justice, social justice, violence, human sexuality and environmental justice.