Conscience: The Self in Search of the Good
The six aspects of the human person that are important for ethics are...
The importance of others- In Western society's people know freedom as being an individual and independent;
however philosophers have said that the other is very important to an individual, most actions people make concern another
person, or are against or with another person etc.
The importance of having direction in life- the need for having a commitment to certain personal moral values.
The importance of communication and language- The need for a community to truly be able to define your morals,
values, self, and how to shape your life.
The importance of character and one's body- A persons actions are embodied through the human body; thus making
the ability to become a 'self' and to stand on a matter, possible.
The importance of conscience- "Conscience is the place where we hold our own selves in our hands".
The importance of the development of one's conscience- "Life experiences give rise to our character and a particular
worldview and understanding of what is right and wrong".
The Naming of God and Ethics
Revelation: People have the ability to come to know God through God's works. But
there is a higher order of knowledge which comes not from human reason, but from divine revelation. God makes himself known
fully by sending his beloved son, Jesus Christ, and he holy spirit. The sacred scriptures reveal the loving actions of God
in human history.
covenant: A binding agreement.
Prophet: a person who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration. (dictionary.com)
The 10 Commandments: Traditional Catechetical Formula I am the Lord your God.
you shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Remember to keep holy the Lord's day.
Honor your father and mother.
You shall not kill.
You shall not commit adultry.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbors wife.
You shall not covet your neighbors goods.
The Structure of a Call Story:
Confrontation with God- God comes to Moses while he is keeping Jethro's sheep.
Introductory Speech- "I am the god of your father, the god of Abraham, the god of Isaac, and the god of Jacob."
Imparting of a Mission- God asks Moses to be a prophet, spread his word and free his people.
Objection by the Prophet-to-be- Moses attempts to tell God that he has chosen the wrong person.
Reassurance by God- God reassures Moses by saying that his brother Aaron will help him to spread the word.
The Sign- Moses received a sign from God; a burning bush