As a separate branch of study Christian Ethics and Morals dates only from the
Reformation. It was natural, and perhaps inevitable that the first
efforts of the Church should be occupied with the formation and
elaboration of dogma.
In all ages there has been a tendency to separate truth and duty. But knowledge has two sides; it is at once a revelation and a challenge. There is no truth which has not its corresponding obligation, and no obligation which has not its corresponding truth.
It is this practical element which gives to the study of morals its justification and makes it specially important for the Christian teacher. In this sense Ethics is really the crown of theology and ought to be the end of all previous study.