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In Search of the Good Life

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In Search of the Good Life

  • Union Module Code: ISGL
  • Queens Module Code: THE2055


Year 2




How do we decide between right and wrong? ‘In Search of the Good Life’ is an attempt to answer this question by engaging in a study of several ethical theories. In this module particular attention is given to the impact of such ideas upon the central doctrines of the Christian faith.

The course will explore the sources and methods of important ethical thinkers, followed by ‘subject-specific’ issues. We begin by looking at the challenge set by relativism and post-modernity to the nature of Christian ethics (both Old and New Testaments) when it comes to moral decision-making. In the course of the lectures there will be opportunity to discuss the ethical ideas associated with Divine commands, the utilitarianism of JS Mill and some of the modern suggestions such as existentialism. For a fuller understanding of the contents refer to the basic text-book Christian Ethics, (2nd edition), by Norman L Geisler. Some of the ‘subject-specific’ issues will include contemporary warfare; the environment; family life; biomedical ethics; human rights; economics and politics.


  • 2,000 word assignment on a related topic (40%)
  • 2-hour, two question Examination (60%)

Learning Outcomes

Successful students should acquire a broad history of moral reasoning; be able to initiate a response to various ethical issues; understand the relevance of Old Testament ethics and their inter-connection with the Christian teaching of the New Testament; know the difference between deontological and consequential theories; explore and critically evaluate the various ethical concepts which form the basis of contemporary western culture.

LECTURE DAY & TIME: L1 Tues 9am; L2 Tues 10am.

TUTORIAL DAYS & TIMES: Tues 12 noon.

NOTE: This module runs in the Spring Semester.