REL4200EN - Comparative Ethics: Interreligious Relations

Course description

This course examines and compares central moral and philosophical approaches to ethics within five major religious traditions. It explores moral reasoning and ethics and investigates the central theological teachings, norms, virtues, modes of ethical reasoning, and concepts of the self within the traditions. War and peace and justice are studied in each tradition and how they contribute to societal preservation.

How this course benefits students

This course benefits students by helping them develop a general understanding of major ethical theories and the relationship between religion and ethics, while equipping them with an understanding of the central norms, virtues, modes of ethical reasoning, and concepts of the self within the religious traditions, so that the student effectively participates in interreligious relations within one’s missional context.

Why this course is important

Understanding the reasons for going to war and the reasons for forging peace in global context are deeply rooted in one’s knowledge of religious ethics within the traditions. This course is important for the Christian to reason and grasp one’s own ethics and laws that govern what is right or wrong with human nature, relationships, and condition and how one effectively lives out faith in a broken world, while forging interreligious relations for redemption in one’s missional context.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Religion Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Mego Haralu, Professor of Interreligious Studies

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Scripture narrates the history of the fall of humanity and the effects of sin that resulted in human conflicts and problems. It also narrates God’s provision of reconciliation, salvation, redemption and peace to those who receive and accept His gift of life through Jesus Christ, in whom one finds answers to all human ills and conflicts. Christ followers are entreated to be ambassadors of peace, mercy, justice and reconciliation.

Missionally driven

The Missio Dei flows from the person of God to His creation with the purpose of ushering in fallen humanity through Jesus Christ into His presence. In this missional event, there is implication for Christ followers to actively encounter and engage people of other faiths to share the ethos and essence of God’s love for all people in an effort to address basic human conflicts and problems, especially interacting with interreligious ethics to forge peace and justice.

Contextually informed

Encounters and collaborations with people of other faiths with divergent religious ethics that emerge in students’ missional context provides essential elements to be analyzed and used as a filter to understand how comparative ethics and interreligious relations function as a platform to address basic human conflicts, peace and justice.

Interculturally focused

This course is especially intercultural with a strong leaning toward crossing cultures as it defines and develops one’s truth claims while building a bridge and missionally crossing over to encounter and engage people of other faiths to address basic human conflicts, while forging interreligious relations.

Practically minded

The scope of this course is for the student to reflect on their own position on ethics as it relates to the human condition, behavior, problems, cultural distinctives, preferences, injustice, war and peace as well as the ethical claims and practices of other faiths in order to develop critical analytical skills for use in finding solutions in their particular missional context.

Experientially transformed

The course uses the student's experience and unique needs as the entry point of study to build on his or her understanding through immersive reflection and assignments in order to cultivate analytical skills and to increase competent appropriation.