I sit at a weird juncture between two seemingly opposite majors: Bible and Business. You would think that because of these two I would be an expert at business ethics. I should be an expert in integration knowledge, which must be in the realm of ethics. Where else could two cross?
Yet somehow, I’ve managed to finish my degree without taking an ethics specific course, neither in the core curriculum nor in an integration seminar. But I wouldn’t say that I’m deprived of ethics. They’ve been woven in throughout all my business classes (especially promotions). I’ve studied and discussed the issues of how advertising agencies should charge their clients (which is more difficult than you would think).
But is ethics the only area of true integration? It’s easy to say the Bible speaks against lying (think about false images in advertising or skewing numbers), greed, and how being rich makes it more difficult for someone to enter the kingdom of heaven (can anyone get in?). And while these are all true applications, they’re limited to ethics. We can read Aristotle and get the same results. Continue reading