This course serves as an introduction to ethics by examining some of the fundamental debates in the field. Our conversations will cover a range of topics, including the major traditions in moral theory; the tensions between religious and secular voices in ethics; the role of moral debate in pluralistic societies; the problem of evil and the idea of progress; the just arrangement of political life; and the relation of ethics to understandings of human nature. Special attention will be given to ways of exploring ethical issues in ministry contexts. MDiv required course (2020-21 catalog)