Author(s)

John WittFollow

Date

1-2017

Department

Rawlings School of Divinity

Degree

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

Chair

Ken Cleaver

Keywords

Abelard, Christianity, Consequentialism, Gospels, Mill, Utilitarianism

Disciplines

Christianity | History of Religions of Western Origin | Other Religion | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Abstract

An exegetical investigation of the ethical teachings of Christ seen throughout the Gospel accounts. Christ's consequentialist teachings are further clarified by investigating the works of Peter Abelard and John Stuart Mill. Brief reviews of modern consequentialists and utilitarians are given, and finally a cumulative formulation of a working Christian utilitarian ethic is formulated.