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ST608 Lesson 05 Ethics

    • Religion & Spirituality

Explore the Moral vs. Ethical. Consider that it is a slippery distinction. Explore the distinction in normal use as actual vs. theoretical and as John Frame shows in The Doctrine of the Christian Life, synonymous. Moral is how good or not good you actually are. Ethics is concerned with what you ought to be - it is more intellectual than active. Could there be a moral atheist? If moral means ultimate truth, then we can't deny God and behavior morally. Moral is what you are. Ethics is what you thoughtfully are. In terms of ultimate truth, we can't have a moral atheist. Explore “The Good”. Teleological Good refers to value for a purpose. Telos means "purpose". The Ontological Good refers to ultimate goodness. Consider that "good" was once a deeply powerful word! Which of the big three is ethics focused on? The Big Three are the “Why” or the purpose, end, and goal (telos). The “Who” is the person, character, and virtue. The “How” is the law, principle, command, and rule. Explore Frame's example of a triangle containing the person, purpose, and rule. Consider that Christian ethics has the person, purpose, and rule in it all the time.

Explore the Moral vs. Ethical. Consider that it is a slippery distinction. Explore the distinction in normal use as actual vs. theoretical and as John Frame shows in The Doctrine of the Christian Life, synonymous. Moral is how good or not good you actually are. Ethics is concerned with what you ought to be - it is more intellectual than active. Could there be a moral atheist? If moral means ultimate truth, then we can't deny God and behavior morally. Moral is what you are. Ethics is what you thoughtfully are. In terms of ultimate truth, we can't have a moral atheist. Explore “The Good”. Teleological Good refers to value for a purpose. Telos means "purpose". The Ontological Good refers to ultimate goodness. Consider that "good" was once a deeply powerful word! Which of the big three is ethics focused on? The Big Three are the “Why” or the purpose, end, and goal (telos). The “Who” is the person, character, and virtue. The “How” is the law, principle, command, and rule. Explore Frame's example of a triangle containing the person, purpose, and rule. Consider that Christian ethics has the person, purpose, and rule in it all the time.

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