Engineering and Business Ethics - A Biblical Perspective
Timothy D. Blackburn, MBA, P.E.
This course explores
the Biblical perspective of ethics. This is a study of ethics from a Biblical
point of view, drawing on the Instructor's considerable training and experience
in engineering, business, and theology (the Instructor is a graduate of engineering,
business, and theological programs of study with a terminal Doctorate in Biblical
Studies). In addition, the course provides its material in a current and respected
This course includes
a multiple choice quiz at the end, which
is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
the taking this course, the student should be understand and be familiar with
Anyone in business is the intended audience, but specifically Architects, Engineers, and Constructors who are interested in understanding Ethics from a Biblical perspective.
Benefit to Attendees
To learn Biblical principles of ethics, as well as understanding academic underpinnings that yield intellectual legitimacy. For a person that considers the Bible to be a source of wisdom, this course will summarize essentials necessary to function ethically. For the skeptic, there is value as well in that it provides a framework that is robust to scholarly scrutiny.
Engineers are part
of an applied science field. Engineers rely on certainties in the performance
of their work, linked to scientific fact or well-developed and accepted theorem.
Pipes are sized based on known resistance factors; air/moisture combinations
are reflected on Psychrometric charts; beams are sized based on known structural
criteria. It almost seems to be part of an engineer's nature to appreciate clear
and verifiable facts. However, when it comes to Engineering Ethics, the sources
of the premises are less clear, although most would agree on generally accepted
rules of Ethics. When one explores the underlying premises of ethics, a person
can easily get lost in the plethora of philosophical terms such as Consequentialism,
Utilitarianism, Egoism, etc.
People of faith draw their source of ethics from their core beliefs. Ethicists will tell you that the highest form of ethical behavior is when one acts from an inner and intrinsic motivation. Much of Western culture and laws derive their state from Jewish and Christian tradition, as rooted in the Bible. Much of what we consider acceptable and appropriate ethical behavior finds its historical roots in Scripture. That being said, this course does not make the case that only believers in this tradition are ethical, but rather presents the historical framework that is derived from the Christian tradition.
The course content is in a PDF file (64 KB) Engineering and Business Ethics - A Biblical Perspective. You need to open or download this document to study this course.
1. Ethical Philosophy
a. Ethics defined
b. Difference between Systematic Theology and Biblical Ethics
c. Definition of various fields of Ethics
ii. Normative Ethics
iii. Descriptive Ethics
2. Biblical Methathics
b. Historical source of Biblical Ethics
c. The Van Til System
3. Biblical Normative
Ethics - An Introduction and Historical Context
4. Biblical Normative
Ethics - Law
a. Review of the Ten Commandments
b. Practical application
5. Biblical Normative
Ethics - Principle
i. The Golden Rule
c. Honesty and Fairness in Dealings
d. Paying on time
6. Motivation for
7. Safety and Responsibility
8. The Environment
9. Course Summary
10. Practical exercise
In this course, we will review the basic ethical principles necessary to understand a framework in which to view Ethics from a Biblical perspective - academically and practically. Then, we will review certain Biblical absolutes (law) and principles that are underpinnings of many contemporary and accepted ethical standards. For the person of faith, the Bible can be a legitimate source of solid ethical behavior in business and the practice of engineering.
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.