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For this assignment, select a case from the “Decision-Making Cases” document.

After  you select your case, you will need to complete the “Ethical  Decision-Making” document, based on the case you select. To support your  claims, perhaps consider using the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7),  The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20), the book of Proverbs, or other  relevant Bible passages.

APA style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.

This  assignment uses a rubric. Please review the rubric prior to beginning  the assignment to become familiar with the expectations for successful  completion.

Ethical Decision-Making

Name:

Course:

Date:

Instructor:

For questions 2-6, chose from the “Decision-Making Cases” document in the topic study materials. Use critical thinking as well as support from the topic study materials to answer the following prompts.

1. Why do Christians believe that morality is absolute and objective, rather than relative and subjective? If morality is objective, where do Christians get their moral standard? Cite Chapter 7 of The Beginning of Wisdom textbook and/or topic overview. Include the resources you use on a reference page at the end of this document.

Your answer in 75-100 words:

<Answer>

2. Use the case you chose from the “Decision-Making Cases” document to answer the following questions to build the Christian ethical response. Use logical reasoning (general revelation). Cite Bible passages (special revelation), The Beginning of Wisdom textbook, and/or the topic overview. Include the resources you use on a reference page at the end of this document.

a. Which case did you choose?

<Chosen case>

b. In Chapter 2 of The Beginning of Wisdom textbook and the Topic 1 Overview, the elements of a worldview (ultimate reality, nature of the universe, humanity, knowledge, ethics, purpose) are presented. In the case you chose, which worldview element is going to be the biggest factor for determining right and wrong in the case you chose? Why?

Your answer in 75-100 words:

<Answer>

c. How does the Christian worldview describe the worldview element you identified?

Your answer in 75-100 words:

<Answer>

d. What are Bible passages (cite at most three) that will guide the ethics for the case you choose? How do these Bible passages apply to this case?

Your answer in 75-100 words:

<Answer>

e. Based on your answers to b and c, explain the Christian response to the case you chose. In other words, how might the Christian worldview resolve the issue?

Your answer in 75-100 words:

<Answer>

3. Your previous responses built a Christian ethical stance and provided a Christian resolution for the case. How might this Christian resolution to the issue increase human dignity and human value?

Your answer in 50-75 words:

<Answer>

4. The Christian position that humans should flourish comes from belief in the goodness of God. How so? What are the connections between God’s goodness and human flourishing?

Your answer in 50-75 words:

<Answer>

5. Considering the Christian resolution you built for the case and everyone involved in the scenario, what might be some benefits or unintended consequences that come from this resolution? What might be challenging for people to accept or do?

Your answer in 75-100 words:

<Answer>

6. What are some ways that Christians should be active in helping to alleviate the suffering related to this issue? Give specific examples that ordinary people can do.

Your answer in 75-100 words:

<Answer>

References:

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Decision-Making Cases

Choose only one of the decision-making cases below to answer questions in the “Ethical Decision-Making” assignment. The questions at the end of each case are intended for you to reflect on. Do not copy the case into your assignment document.

Decisions of Life and Death

Janie is your sister’s best friend, and when Janie was a senior in high school, she fractured her neck in a diving accident. The doctors say that she is a quadriplegic–paralyzed from the shoulders down. All of Janie’s dreams for college, romance, and a meaningful life seem to be over; she cannot even take care of her own basic needs. Janie has even talked to your sister about whether it makes sense to keep on living. Knowing that you are reading the Bible for your Christian worldview class, they want to know if the Bible has anything to say about life and death issues, such as suicide and euthanasia.

Abortion

After trying for many years, Ruth finally gets pregnant. A blood test confirms that her baby has Down syndrome, and her doctors suggest she abort the fetus. A child with Down syndrome would involve extra care which could continue for a lifetime. Ruth has a successful career and wants to maintain a healthy balance between her career and family. Yet she feels very uncomfortable with abortion. Knowing that you are learning about the Christian worldview, Ruth wonders what the moral response would be.

The Shirt

Edwin is a college student and has a wife and two young children. His favorite store is an online vendor that sells decent, quality clothing for college-student prices. As he looks at the page, though, he recognizes the pattern of the shirt from a documentary he saw the night before about the crowded, unsafe factories in South Asia and the children they employ. Remembering that you are in a Christian worldview class, he texts you to see if the Bible might have anything to say about buying that shirt.

College Admissions

Jess and Rebekah love their children and want their children to have whatever advantages possible. Even though their children have not really had stellar high school careers and are on a trajectory for a community college, Jess and Rebekah had hoped their children would attend Ivy League schools. Recently, Jess and Rebekah have been approached about “enhancing their children’s possibilities” on getting in to a more prestigious school. It will cost some significant money for what amounts to rigging the system. They are having second thoughts, though, and knowing that you have studied Christian worldview, are seeking your biblically based advice.

The Need to Succeed

GCU graduate Jamal is a worker at a neighborhood children’s center. He works with a very limited budget, and more children in the program means more funds from foundations. He is tempted to inflate the numbers slightly, which will possibly allow him to provide more programs for more children in the future. Remembering back to his Christian worldview class, what guidance does the Bible and sound thinking provide?

LopesWrite Interloper

Aaron is a busy college student–is there any other kind? He has work, class, and even ministry responsibilities. Late one night, feeling the pressure of all of the things he needed to do, he considers doing a “copy and paste” from some sources he is pretty sure that a plagiarism checker will not pick up. Before he goes ahead with it, he picks up his phone and texts you. How do you advise him?

The Client List

Susan has been working at an internship, and it required a confidentiality agreement when she began. It aligns with her major, she makes decent money while in school, and it could possibly lead to a career after graduation. Recently, a former coworker has suggested that she take the client list with her–Susan was responsible for gathering some of those clients in the first place–and join in a start-up. Susan remembers that you have studied Christian worldview and has invited you for coffee so that you can bring some biblical principles that might help her in deciding what to do.

If any of these cases cause you distress due to traumatic circumstances, please contact The Office of Student Care in Building 26 if you are a traditional student on the Phoenix campus, or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 if you are an online student.

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If any of these cases cause you distress due to traumatic circumstances, please contact The Office of Student Care in Building 26 if you are a traditional student on the Phoenix campus, or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 if you are an online student.

© 2020. Grand Canyon University. All Rights Reserved.