Read the Ethical Dilema and answer following questions..
1 a. What is the primary ethical dilemma present at the conclusion of the scenario?
b… Give a brief description. Are there any complicating factors? Are there any secondary dilemmas present? (There will one major and at least 1 minor)
2. What aspects of God’s character inform your analysis of each dilemma? How might these apply? Explain. (Know and understand the attributes of God and how to apply.)
3. a. What overarching biblical principles help us to understand each dilemma? Why might these apply? (Know how to derive principles and know the major principles we’ve discussed.)
b. From what scriptures do you derive these principles? Why these?
c. What other scriptures will you apply to the dilemmas? Why?
(These are scriptures that add to/inform the principles and the dilemmas.)
4. List, in order, all the steps/actions which you would take in
a. Analysing and understanding the main dilemma.
b. Resolving the main dilemma. Briefly say why. If possible, as major alternatives develop as a result of your actions, identify the alternatives and complete the process with each. (You can list and use point form but be thorough and clear!
c. Give ALL steps you’ll take from the moment you encounter the dilemma.) Make sure that you are aware of and use logical forms of ethical argument to explain why you do the things you do.
5. a. Using your understanding of the various forms of Absolutism, describe which position you have used to inform your problem solving. Know these well.
b. How has it affected the manner in which you attempted to resolve the dilemma? Give examples from step 5 above. (I want to see your reasoning clearly.)
ETHICAL DILEMMA: The Future In Your Hand
Finals week…. and you are sitting down to the final exam of your college career. You have generally done well in academics but have also been recognized by your peers and the school as someone who strives to serve God.
A church in Alberta has contacted you and has offered you a position that seems ideally suited to your gifts and interests. They want, and need, the job filled immediately. The only remaining qualification which you must fill before you can officially take the position is that you must officially graduate with all requirements met.
The last week has been a whirl of events. Friends to say goodbye to. late nights. Cramming for finals. Now you realize that you blew it. There’s only one major question on the exam and you didn’t study that material at all. And this is in the class where you received poor marks all term long. It looks quite clear that you’re going to fail the course even though you’ll ace all of the others.
You sit in your desk feeling sick, praying, and feeling sick again. It’s been ½ hour and nothing’s come to you. Then, accidentally, you notice the paper of the person just ahead of you and see some words. You go on to read several sentences. That’s it! The key to the question. Your brain jogs into gear. Some memories from class return. You begin to write quickly and answer the question. Then, time is called.
You don’t even think about it again until days later. It’s the Thursday before graduation. In your mailbox is your exam – 51%. Your mark for the class is a minimum pass – a 1.0. But with your other grades you will pass the year and get your degree. Your other mail is a letter from Alberta. It’s the Chair of the Deacon’s Board at the church and he writes, “Just one question. A formality really from what we know of you. The Board is meeting Saturday night to confirm your call to the church. Please contact me before then to confirm that you will graduate and meet all requirements.” You look at the exam in your hand. What do you do?