A brief thought and addendum to my Values and Virtues series: My discussion about the differences between morality and ethics wandered long, but I neglected one significant datum: morality has to do with humans living together in general, and Christian ethics has to do with being Church.
Christians will have different ideas about what a good common life means than will Muslims or secularists or Marxists, but the questions are common questions. Anyone theorizing about morality will want to talk about justice, property, murder, sex, children, tradition, and all sorts of other things. The answers can and will differ between and among groups, but the questions do not go away. Christian ethics, on the other hand, can only be Christian ethics, because they have to do with being Church in relation to the World. That’s a philosophical and ethical problem that Marxists and secularists and Muslims simply do not have to worry about.
Likewise, I suppose, Marxist ethics has to do with being Party in relation to Workers and Owners, and secularist ethics might have to do with being intellectual peacemakers relative to sectarians. Just as Christian ethics proper does not concern itself with either of those constellations of questions, neither do they have to worry about ecclesiology.
Just a thought that occurred to me as I read for comprehensive exams.