Introduction to Christian Ethics

The course material was very enlightening;  has been a real challenge to stretch and grow; I would happily attend another course by Patrick.  

Course description:

How are faith and the moral life related to each other?  What does it mean for us to make ethical and moral judgments informed by the Gospel?  Are there non-negotiable ethical convictions?  What place is there for diversity of opinion and practice in the moral realm?  How does the biblical text inform moral judgment and action?  What is the status of natural law and conscience for the moral life?  How do the practices of the church influence the moral life?

These are just some of the questions which the course will address.  Taking into account the history, theology, and practice of Christian ethics, attention will also be given to particular and current moral issues.

Required texts:


Christian Ethics: A Brief History, Michael Banner, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

 A Brief History,  Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

New Dictionary of Christian Ethics & Pastoral Theology, editors: David Atkinson, David Field, Arthur Holmes, Oliver O’Donovan, Inter Varsity Press, 1995

     New Dictionary of Christian Ethics & Pastoral Theology


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The Rev'd Dr. Patrick Patterson

Dates & Location: 

6 Saturdays, dates to be announced.

10 am to 3 pm, refreshments begin at 9:30 am.

Renison University College


$250, includes HST.

Completion of the Christian Ethics Course can fulfil the optional course requirement for the Certificate in Christian Studies.  

It can also be taken for credit for the Licentiate in Theology (LTh) program offered in partnership with Huron University College; an additional $85 fee applies.