Course Information
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
CoordinatorMiltiadis Vantsos
Course ID60005081

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this course, students will obtain fundamental knowledge of the main thematic areas of Christian ethics and bioethics. They will be able to find ways of putting in practice this knowledge, both in issues of personal and social life. This ability offers the opportunity to make an edifying comparison between Christian ethics and contrasting principles emerging from current social life.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course examines a vast number of topics relating to the fundamental meanings of Christian ethics. The interest of this course is concentrated upon the Christian moral life as it can be expressed in the spiritual life, the interpersonal communication, the relationship between man and God and people socialization. The focus is also upon the perspective of Christian ethics in the modern ethical challenges that emerge from the fields of medicine and biotechnology. In this framework are examined topics such as virtue, sin, prayer, marriage, family, work, violence and issues of bioethics, such as euthanasia and abortion. 1. The knowledge of good. 2. The evil and passions. 3. The absolut nature and the adaptability of Christian ethics. 4. Spiritual life: the cultivation of virtues. 5. Spiritual life: repentance, faith and hope. 6. Spiritual life: love and freedom. 7. Social ethics: marriage, labor, wealth and poverty. 8. Social ethics: social problems and philanthropy. 9. Social ethics: authority, violence and war. 10. Bioethics: the approach of Christian ethics. 11. Bioethics: the ethical view of euthanasia (the modern discussion). 12. Bioethics: the ethical view of euthanasia (the perspective of christian ethics). 13. Bioethics: the ethical view of abortion.
virtue, sin, repentance, work, wealth, charity, violence, war, bioethics, abortion, euthanasia
Educational Material Types
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Use of multimedia (mainly Powerpoint), so as the most important elements mentioned are summarized. The teaching material can be accessed and studied by students at length online, from the course website, on the blackboard.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment261.0
Student Assessment
There is an oral examination, which takes place in small groups of 4-5 students. The participation as well as the undertaking and presentation of a topic in the class are taken into account for the assessment of the student’s performance.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
1. Μιλτιάδης Βάντσος, Η ιερότητα της ζωής, εκδόσεις Δ. Σφακιανάκη, Θεσσαλονίκη 2010. 2. Γεώργιος Μαντζαρίδης, Χριστιανική Ηθική ΙΙ, Εκδόσεις Πουρναράς, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003.
Additional bibliography for study
1. Βάντσου Μιλτιάδη, «Η αξιοπρέπεια του ανθρώπου. Έννοια, περιεχόµενο και αξιολόγηση από άποψη Χριστιανικής Ηθικής», σε: Επιστηµονική Επετηρίδα Θεολογικής Σχολής του Α.Π.Θ. / Τµήµα Ποιµαντικής και Κοινωνικής Θεολογίας 10 (2005) 197-215. 2. Breck John, The sacred gift of life: Orthodox Christianity and Bioethics, New York 1998. 3. Γιούλτση Βασιλείου, Πνευματικότητα και κοινωνική ζωή, Θεσσαλονίκη ²1999. 4. Δημητρόπουλου Παναγιώτη, Ορθόδοξος χριστιανική ηθική, Αθήνα 1970. 5. Engelhardt H. Tristram, Τα θεμέλια της βιοηθικής: μια χριστιανική θεώρηση, Αθήνα 2007. 6. Ζήση Θεοδώρου, Ηθικά κεφάλαια, Θεσσαλονίκη 2002. 7. Harakas Stanley, Wholeness of Faith and Life: Orthodox Christian Ethics, Brookline 1999. 8. Καλλιακμάνη Βασιλείου, Από το φόβο στην αγάπη: σπουδή στα κείμενα της Φιλοκαλίας, Θεσσαλονίκη 2009. 9. Κεσελόπουλου Ἀνέστη, Εκ του θανάτου εις την ζωήν: θεολογική προσέγγιση στις προκλήσεις της βιοηθικής, Θεσσαλονίκη 2003. 10. Μαντζαρίδη Γεωργίου, Ορθόδοξη θεολογία και κοινωνική ζωή, Θεσσαλονίκη ²2006. 11. Μητσόπουλου Νικολάου, Θέματα πανεπιστημιακών παραδόσεων χριστιανικής ηθικής, Αθήνα 1987. 12. Νικολαϊδη Απόστολου, Από τη γένεση στη γενετική: εγχειρίδιο βιοηθικής, Αθήνα 2006. 13. Νικολαϊδη Απόστολου, Κοινωνική ηθική, Αθήνα 2009. 14. Νέλλα Παναγιώτη, Ζώον θεούμενον, Αθήνα 1979. 15. Peschke Karl-Heinz, Christliche Ethik: Spezielle Moraltheologie, Trier 1995.
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