ETHC 323 Discussion 3

ETHC 323 Discussion 3 Liberty University

Topic: Luther & Calvin

Always read critically! Be mindful that the textbook authors have their own idiosyncratic perspectives. Typically they are naturalist, but not Christian. You are exploring the secular mindset in which public policy is conducted.

Answers to the following question require that you be succinct. This means you have to analyze and critically distill the essence of the reading. Imagine that you have only 5 minutes to explain your answer to the President of the United States. Both details and inaccuracies are your hazards in this situation.

Answer the questions from Richter, Why Be Good? but use the ideas from other required readings, where appropriate, to support your answer.

  • What are the developments in ethical theory that MacIntyre associates with Martin Luther (and John Calvin)?
  • Explain why Michael Banner titles his chapter on Martin Luther, “Martin Luther: Against Ethics.”
  • Succinctly state in your own words John Calvin’s position toward natural law, using Scott C. Pryor’s “God’s Bridle: John Calvin’s Application of Natural Law.”
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