According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, ethics is "the discipline concerned with what is morally good and bad, right and wrong."
How does moral obligation differ from religious obligation? In the Christian Rituals and Practices section, we explored Christian actions and behaviors that are specifically religious; that is, actions that are generally expected only of Christians and done for a religious purpose.
The field of Christian ethics, although it also has to do with Christian actions and behaviors, might be described as concerning itself with behaviors that all people, not just Christians, are expected to perform and behaviors that are religiously significant without being explicitly "religious."
It is in part because ethics are rooted in religious or personal beliefs yet are also believed to apply universally that they often cause so much controversy.
In this section we will explore Christian ethics by discussing Christian perspectives on specific ethical issues like abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality.