Theological Ethics

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Theological Ethics by Mind Map: Theological Ethics

1. Basic Themes/ Scope

1.1. Sexual

1.1.1. Scope definitions of sex, gender and relationships between sexes nature and purpose of marriage,marital breakdown and divorce singleness/celibacy premarital and extra-marital relations homosexuality rape abortion HIV/AIDS

1.2. Social

1.2.1. Scope culture social relations politics economics

1.2.2. Teaching of Christian churches

1.2.3. morality of relationships, structures and institutions

1.2.4. social issues wealth private property social services human rights racism

1.3. Environmental

1.3.1. understanding of creation and the responsibility of the human species

1.3.2. nature and the purpose of human existence in relation to the rest of God's creation

1.4. Economic

1.4.1. Scope production distribution disparity

1.4.2. Includes reasons for affluence poverty captailism socialism Marxist/Lennism

1.5. Medical

1.5.1. Scope Broad moral implications of health care Specific medical practices and possibilites

1.5.2. Issues euthenasia genetic engineering organ transplant

1.6. Biblical Ethics and Ethical theory

1.6.1. usage of the Bible

1.6.2. interpretation of the Bible

1.6.3. abuse of the text to promote personal or social issues

1.7. Comparative religious ethics

1.7.1. other ethical approaches

1.7.2. different religions and ideologies Hindu Buddist Traditional African Secular

1.8. Ethics and Spirituality

1.8.1. being good vs being spiritual

1.9. Women, Society & Church

2. Defintion

2.1. field of study that analyses different ethical issues, seeking to identify people's ethical perceptions and behavior from a Christian theological perspective

2.2. includes a historical background which provides a framework for understanding how Christians in earlier ages dealt with moral issues

2.3. introduces ethical methodology which involves using the Bible and ethical theories to come to understand what is right and wrong, good and bad

2.4. strong emphasis on CONTEXT

3. Ethical Misunderstandings

3.1. Not simply drawing up 2 lists of right/wrong or good/bad

3.2. Not a simple application of the Ten Commandments

3.3. Judgments are not always final or absolute

3.4. Not purely an academic subject

3.5. Morality not the same of moralism/legalism

3.6. neither a personal code for life nor restricted to the attitude or actions of an individual

3.6.1. Dimensions/factors of Ethics Personal Family Church & Religious Socio-Political Regional National Global