This assignment is an essay that brings all of the knowledge and skills developed in this course to bear on a single ethical issue. Each student will write a 2100-2400 word essay (not including the title page, table of contents, and bibliography) that applies your chosen ethical system argued in Discussion: Choosing an Ethical System to one specific ethical issue presented in your

Topic and Bibliography Assignment. Format should be 12pt, Times New Roman font and using full Turabian format.



Begin your paper with a brief introductory paragraph that clearly states your goals, thesis, and method. This introduction should state 1. what metaethical theory you are using, 2. the ethical theory you are contrasting it against, 3. the issue in applied ethics you are addressing, and 4. the conclusion(s) on that issue that you want to defend. Either your chosen ethical system or your contrasting ethical system must be a Christian ethical system, in order to show that you have at least understood applied ethics from a Christian perspective.

Next, provide a lengthy and detailed comparative analysis of the two metaethical theories—Christian ethics and another theory—showing which theory is stronger. This will likely reflect what you argued for in your Discussion: Choosing an Ethical System (Christian Ethics) and the feedback that you received from the professor and/or classmates who responded to your thread. Here you can go into much more detail than you could in the Discussion Thread.

            Next, proceed to the applied ethics issue that you proposed in your Topic and Bibliography Assignment (See attached.) Here you should greatly expand upon your argument. Add detail, nuance, and argumentation, providing a fairly complete and comprehensive argument for how a Christian ethic would approach this issue based on Rae’s 7-Step Moral Decision Making Process in Chapt. 2 of Magnuson. Or, if you defended a non-Christian ethical system in Discussion: Choosing an Ethical System, formulate an application based on that theory using a decision making system consistent with your chosen ethical system. You may illustrate the issue with minimal real-life examples, but please do not fill your paper with anecdotes. You should anticipate possible objections to your approach to the issue and respond to them in an objective and informed manner. (For ideas on how others might object to your approach, a good place to begin would be your classmate’s replies to your Discussion Threads. You are encouraged to use quotes from sources as a way to support your arguments, but quotes should not make up more than one and a half pages of your essay.

            Your final paragraph should reflect what you have argued in your thesis. It should recap what you have accomplished and how you have accomplished it.


Your essay must include at least 1 scholarly source in addition to both course textbooks and the Bible. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly books from the library. If you’re unsure, then ask. All resources used must be listed in the bibliography and any resources quoted, paraphrased, or alluded to must be documented via footnotes formatted according to Turabian. Please understand that it is not enough to simply cite word for word material with a footnote, you must put word for word text from a source in quotation marks or it is considered plagiarism.

            While your footnotes did not count toward the word count for your discussion boards, for this capstone essay the footnotes count. In other words, the 2400 word limit includes both text and footnotes, but not Title Page, Table of Contents, and Bibliography. You will be penalized if you exceed the limit, so please do not.


Your paper must begin with a title page that includes a paper title, your name, the date, and the course name and number. The second page of your paper must be a table of contents. The last page of your paper must be devoted to your bibliography. The paper must utilize 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with one inch margins. It must be double-spaced rather than triple-spaced between paragraphs and there should be only one space after the end of each sentence.

Any documentation in the body of your paper must be done via footnotes formatted according to Turabian, unless you are citing or quoting the Bible. If you are not familiar with how to do this, simply look it up online. There are many websites that explain Turabian formatting. Footnotes should be single-spaced 10 point Times New Roman font.

Your paper must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. If you submit it as a .pdf or anything other than a Microsoft Word document it will not be graded. Please use the paper template supplied in this Module if you need help.

Format Example

Title Page

Table of Contents

Body of Paper:

  • Introduction
  • Ethical System Presentation and Defense
  • Application of Ethical System on Ethical Issue
  • Conclusion


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