CHET 60013 Introduction to Contemporary Theological Ethics
3 semester hours, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas, Spring 2020
Tuesday, 1:00-3:30, Moore 309

Instructor: Charles Bellinger 817-257-7668







reading assignments

Week 1

Jan. 14

Girard, “The First Stone”

Alasdair MacIntyre, excerpt from After Virtue

David Bentley Hart, excerpts from Atheist Delusions

Week 2

Jan. 21

vocabulary quiz

Excerpts from Kierkegaard

Bellinger, The Trinitarian Self: 14-26

W-Q-E, ch. 1 [God]

Week 3

Jan. 28

W-Q-E, ch. 2 [Church]

Frei comment:

Karl Barth: “Barmen Declaration”

“The Way of Theological Ethics”

excerpt from The Christian Life read from p. 131 “There is one point …” to p. 133 “… subjectively by man.”

Bonhoeffer: Ethics, 1-10, 25-30, 38-47

Week 4

Feb. 4

W-Q-E, ch. 8 [Good Order]

Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Discipleship

Reinhold Niebuhr:
“Why the Christian Church Is Not Pacifist”

“The Bombing of Germany”

John Ford: “The Morality of Obliteration Bombing” excerpt read from p. 158 “As to obliteration …” to p. 162 “… gravely immoral.”

Karl Barth: “On War [from Church Dogmatics III/4]”

John Howard Yoder: The Politics of Jesus

Rachel Waltner Goossen: “Failure to Bind and Loose”

Week 5

Feb. 11

W-Q-E, ch. 3-4 [Ethics and Christian Ethics] 

King: “Loving Your Enemies”

King: “A Time to Break Silence”

King: “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”

Jean Bethke Elshtain: “Is the War Against Terrorism Just?”

Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Bethke Elshtain

Week 6

Feb. 18

Ministers Week, no class

Week 7

Feb. 25

James Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, xiii-92

Reinhold Niebuhr excerpts:

W-Q-E, ch. 5 [Universal Ethics]

Week 8

Mar. 3

James Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree, 93-166

Francis Wayland reading

"The Gospel of Mary Brown" by W.E.B. DuBois

W-Q-E, ch. 6 [Subversive Ethics]

Week 9

Mar. 10

Spring Break

Week 10

Mar. 17

W-Q-E, ch. 7 [Ecclesial Ethics]
Wallis, America’s Original Sin, xiii-72

Week 11

Mar. 24

W-Q-E, ch. 9 [Good Life]

Wallis, America’s Original Sin, 73-154

Week 12

Mar. 31

W-Q-E, ch. 10 [Good Relationships]


Wallis, America’s Original Sin, 155-226

Week 13

Apr. 7

Bellinger: ix-13, 27-82
King: “The Three Dimensions of a Complete Life”


excerpts from Susan Parsons, Feminism and Christian Ethics

Week 14

Apr. 14

Bellinger: 83-156


George W. Bush, Speech given on Sept. 20, 2001,


Brian McLaren, "The Speech That Was Never Given"

Week 15

Apr. 21

W-Q-E, ch. 11 [Good Beginnings and Endings]


Brooks, Love Your Enemies, 1-107

Week 16

Apr. 28

W-Q-E, ch. 12 [Good Earth]


Brooks, Love Your Enemies, 109-214

Week 17

May 5