Q1) Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
Read the expert from Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics in Chapter 12 of Shafer-Landau, The Ethical Life. Then answer this question:
- What is the difference, according to Aristotle, between performing virtuous actions and being a virtuous person? Do you agree with him that the latter is more valuable? Why or why not? (150 word)
Q2) Can a Christian endorse an Aristotelian ethics? Why or why not? (150 word)
Q3) Half The Sky BOOK Ch. 4
Zoya, the young Afghani girl who was brutally beat by her husband and family-in-law, noted, “I should not have been beaten, because I was always obedient and did what my husband said. But if the wife is truly disobedient, then of course her husband has to beat her.” Although by American standards this likely seems very wrong, how do we handle this issue considering the different culture that Zoya comes from? How do you reconcile that your cultural understanding of this issue is more “right” than Zoya’s? Practically, how do we handle situations like this when differences in culture lead to very different behaviors?
Q4) Here is the series of questions for our female anatomy and physiology chapter: (250 word)
Since circumcision was a practice given to the Jews by God as a symbol of Abraham and his progeny having been set apart as “God’s people,” why do you think God did not go ahead a provide such a symbol for the women?
Is it possible that so-called “female circumcision” was begun for the sake of female equality or do you think it was invented for other primary reasons?
In light of the New Testament and other modern day considerations, what place, if any, do forms of circumcision have today?
Q5) This week’s discussion topic is the experience of intersex individuals…
Please watch the following to begin…
Please take some time to respond in your discussion post about the reflections and thoughts that arise for you in viewing this clip… How can we best make sense of and address the intersex experience in a biblical manner? How could we go about creating safe, loving spaces for these individuals and their experiences in our church communities–as, according to statistics, it is likely that you’ve encountered someone with this experience in your churches or even here on campus! (200 words)
Q6) Read the Introduction (ix-xvii), Chapter 1 (3-21) and the Conclusion (139-145) of Miroslav Volf’s A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good BOOK. (Ebook)
Briefly summarize Volf’s thoughts in 1 pages. Be sure to include a clear statement of each of the following (drawing material from both the Introduction and the Conclusion) :
- Volf notes that some people feel that the public (political) realm should remain strictly secular and uninfluenced by religion. Others feel religion represents our highest values and obligations, and therefore it should rule over the political realm (Volf calls this religious totalitarianism). Summarize briefly identify the examples Volf gives of these viewpoints.
- Volf himself offers a different option, a sort of political and religious pluralism. Briefly summarize his position and why he feels it is biblical.