MR129 Introduction to Christian Ethics: Roots, Renewal, and Relevance for Today

Module Level


Time Allowance

24 lectures


Continuous Assessment 40%, Examination 60%.

Module Aims

  • To explore some of the factors that shape the current moral landscape
  • To understand more fully Christian sources of moral wisdom
  • To demonstrate the relevance of the Christian moral tradition in today's world
  • To consider moral issues such as climate justice, war and conflict, social justice

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon completion students: will recognise the major approaches to moral decision making
  • Will understand the key moments in the renewal of moral theology in the twentieth century
  • Will be familiar with key arguments on issues of climate, war, human rights


  • Vincent MacNamara, The Call to be Human, (Dublin: Veritas, 2010).
  • Pope Francis, Laudato Si, 2015.
  • Donal Dorr, Option for the Poor and For the Earth, (New York: Orbis, 2016).


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