• I haven't explored the whole course yet, but I don't need to to know I want to give this five stars. Firstly, he starts with the context - so important for this topic. I thought it'd be a bit too obvious but it was really helpful being stepped through the 'Literary Typing' function in the Passage Guide and it totally changed how I saw the Beatitudes as he highlighted their apocalyptic nature. It seems obvious but it was a profound realisation for me nonetheless. It's also a skill that will be helpful for further studies. I teach an ethics unit as part of my Year 11 Religion and Society class. It was hard to make the links between Christian ethics and philosophical approaches. I was worried this course would be a rehashing of what I'd already self-taught myself on the topic but it was so incredibly helpful to have a succinct, academic Christian approach to virtue ethics. His thoughtful analysis and comparison of two was even more insightful. I also like that he didn't neglect the threads throughout the whole Bible. It could be easy to dismiss elements of virtue ethics found in the Old Testament since this course is focused on the Sermon on the Mount but briefly recognising Biblical evidence for how God has always been concerned with the heart and motives of His people, reassured readers/listeners and reminded them that Jesus isn't preaching Aristotelian ethics, but rather God's Word :). What had previously felt like more secular coursework, now felt like an opportunity for the Holy Spirit to reveal truth and working upon my heart. I hope my students sensed that too <3 Thank you Dr Pennington! :)