Crusty Old Dean aka Dean Tom Ferguson of Bexley Hall Seminary, reflects on Set 3 of questions on the General Ordination Examinations (GOE’s).
Set 3: Christian Ethics and Moral Theology
You observe two bumper stickers displayed together on a car in a university neighborhood. One says, “Save the Whales.” The other says, “Keep Abortion Safe and Legal.”
Choose one of the following ethical approaches: Virtue Ethics, Feminist Ethics, Teleological Ethics.
1. In your own words, provide a 250-word, working definition of the chosen ethical approach as practiced in a Christian theological context. The definition should be appropriate to what might be given at an adult education forum in a parish.
2. With direct reference to the definition given in 1.), provide a reasoned, 750-word argument for how the messages of these two bumper stickers, taken together, do or do not represent a morally coherent world view, consonant with your understanding of Christian responsibility.
Read COD’s thoughts on this question– what do you think of the question? How would you set out to answer it?
posted by Ann Fontaine