Ethical Use Of Statistics In Christian Worldview

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Christian Worldview and Statistics Integration Karyn Reed Professor Lewis January 11, 2015 The practice of statistics has several ethical issues associated with it that must be dealt with by statisticians. While it is commonly argued that religion does not play a role in the practice of statistics, a Christian worldview and Christian values can be applied in the ethical situations that arise. In fact, this has been the focus of several discussions and scholarly articles. The purpose of this paper is to look at the ethical guidelines that I find personally applicable, how the scholarly articles that discuss this issue have affected my personal decision making regarding statistics and ethics, how the ethical issues raised…show more content…
The ethical issues that are at the discretion of the statistician can thus be addressed from a Christian worldview. For instance, one of the ethical issues is the ownership of data and the disclosure of private information regarding the client and the data collected. This ethical issue can be approached using the golden rule of “do unto others as you would have done to you” or loving ones neighbor as yourself (Moreland and Craig, 2003). Another ethical issue that arises with the practice of statistics is the concept of chance and probability. This can be addressed with the Christian worldview that scientific truth is not something that is predetermined and instead adapts itself to interpretation and human requirements (Geertsema,…show more content…
This ethical theory aligns itself with a Christian worldview, arguing that an action is good only if the principle behind the action is moral law (Giersson and Holmgren, 2000). In other words, actions should only be done in accordance with God’s will. For instance, clearly stating how outliers are addressed when drawing conclusions based on the statistical analysis is ethical in that it is the right thing to do so that the probability of misinterpretation is minimized. Additionally, Kantian ethics also require autonomy, which is often required in relationship to dealing with clients and the subjects from whom data is collected (Tittle, 2000). Again, this ties back to the Christian worldview of loving ones neighbor. Thus, Kantian ethics can be used as guidance when addressing ethical issues in relationship to the practice of statistics. Conclusion In conclusion, several different ethical issues arise when statistics are calculated, starting from the inception of how statistics will be collected to the analysis and conclusions drawn from the gathered data. Even though laws and regulations dictate how certain ethical issues are approached, it is important to note that a Christian worldview can also be applied to these same ethical issues. Likewise, Christian worldview and ethical theories can also be used as guidance in addressing the issues
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