Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Kenneth Breimeier

Scripture References in this Resource

Ephesians 4:12; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Corinthians 4:1; Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-5; Romans 1:12; Matthew 23:8-11; Revelation 1:6; Romans 5:2; James 5:16; 1 Peter 2:5; Mark 10:41-45; John 17:18; Deuteronomy 4:2; 1 Peter 5:3; Revelation 7:2


The paper deals with the two areas in which disagreements have been noted. It seeks to determine whether conscience:
1. judges the ethical quality of an action prior to the action or decision to act, or whether it judges only after an act has at least been decided upon.
2. has a positive motivational function.

It is to be recognized that the concept of conscience has both a popular usage, and also a rather precise scientific, psychological usage. This paper is an attempt to clarify at least one aspect of the precise meaning and usage of the concept.

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