A Virtue Ethic for the Twenty-First Century Warrior: Teaching Natural Law Through the Declaration of Independence and the Gettsyburg Address
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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Scripture References in this Resource
Psalm 19:1-3; Acts 14:17; Acts 17:28; Romans 1:19–20; Romans 1:26; Romans 2:14; Romans 1:18; John 3:16–18; Romans 13:1
It is to those who do not believe in natural law that this project was targeted. The goal of my training was to get into the hearts of amoral men and women and, through the use of two valuable historical documents, help them to begin to synthesize these truths and, as a result, be better citizens. All five services have at least three core values that they want each of their members to know. While the emphasis may be a bit different with each branch they all share one: ethical integrity. They may label it as simply “integrity” or “honor,” but its meaning to the service is the same; that service members act in an ethical manner, whether on duty or off. It is my hope that I can seize on that core value and weave it into the minds of my hearers through natural law training, so that they can begin to synthesize it and begin to live accordingly.
Rupe, Ryan, "A Virtue Ethic for the Twenty-First Century Warrior: Teaching Natural Law Through the Declaration of Independence and the Gettsyburg Address" (2012). Doctor of Ministry Major Applied Project. 132.
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