Moral Choices

Moral Choices

Taught by Scott B. Rae

The Moral Choices course, featuring ethicist and professor Scott Rae, provides students with an introduction to Christian ethics and equips them to form a basis for practical, ethical decision-making in contemporary culture.

Course Details

  • 16 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 6 hours of video

  • Beginner

  • Moral Choices

12 Month Access
$229.99 USD

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Course Description

With its unique union of theory and application, the Moral Choices course sets a standard for college-level study of ethics.

Designed to help students develop a sound and current basis for making ethical decisions in today's complex postmodern culture, Moral Choices outlines the distinctive elements of Christian ethics while avoiding undue dogmatism. The course also introduces other ethical systems and their key historical proponents, including Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant.

After describing a seven-step procedure for tackling ethical dilemmas, ethicist and professor Scott Rae uses case studies to address some of today’s most pressing social issues. He guides students in thinking critically and biblically about:

  • abortion
  • reproductive technologies
  • euthanasia
  • capital punishment
  • sexual ethics
  • war
  • genetic technologies and human cloning
  • economics

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • familiarity with foundational ethical systems
  • insight into Christian ethics and how they differ from the guidelines and conclusions of other ethical systems
  • experience in thinking critically about ethical dilemmas and applying Christian ethics to areas of ethical disagreement
  • confidence in your growing knowledge through unit assessments and personalized review sessions that include award-winning memory building tools

Meet Your Instructors

Scott B. Rae

B.A., Southern Methodist University; Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary; M.A. University of Southern California; Ph.D., University of Southern California

Scott B. Rae is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Talbot School of Theology. His primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics. His work has appeared in The Linacre Quarterly, Religion and Liberty, Journal of Markets and Morality, Southern California Journal of Law and Women's Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Ethics and Medicine. He is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals. He is a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum.

Course Outline

  • Introduction—Why Morality Matters

  • How to Think about Morality

  • Christian Ethics

  • Making Ethical Decisions

  • Ethics at the Beginning of Life—I

  • Ethics at the Beginning of Life—II

  • Biotechnology, Genetics, and Human Cloning

  • Ethical Issues at the End of Life

  • Capital Punishment

  • War, Violence, and Morality

  • Sexual Ethics

  • Creation Care and Environmental Ethics

  • Ethics and Economics

  • Violence and Gun Control

  • Race, Gender, and Diversity

  • Immigration, Refugees, and Border Control


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