Metaethics in Christianity and Islam


Both the ethical evaluation of Christianity and Islam, and discussions about ethics between Muslims and Christians, hinge on just how we answer metaethical questions like: Just what is it to be good? What does human flourishing involve? To what degree is it possible for humans to be good? How does divine revelation ā€“ both general and special ā€“ fit in the determination of what is good and the enabling of living a good life? This paper contrasts the essentially personalist metaethic of Christianity with the fundamentally legislative metaethic of Islam showing how Christian ethics are to be preferred philosophically, theologically and existentially.


Dr. Richard Shumack
Director of The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam

Richard is the Director of The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam. Richard is based in Sydney with his wife and four sons. He has studied extensively on the Islamic faith and has worked as a fellow specialising in philosophy of religion with the Centre for Public Christianity. He is also involved with the Understanding and Answering Islam team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Richard teaches regularly on ministry in Muslim contexts in Australian colleges, universities, churches and schools. His publications include Witnessing to Western Muslims and the philosophical apologetic The Wisdom of Islam and the Foolishness of Christianity.