This volume offers a fresh, timely, practical look at eleven key Christian virtues: faith, open-mindedness, wisdom, zeal, hope, contentment, courage, love, compassion, forgiveness, and humility.
Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, the authors thoughtfully explore and explain these select virtues, seeking to nurture readers in lifelong character growth and to promote the centrality of the virtues to the Christian faith. Grouped under the headings Faith, Hope, and Love, the chapters each conclude with questions for further reflection.
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Contributors: Michael W. Austin Jason Baehr Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung R. Douglas Geivett David A. Horner William C. Mattison III Paul K. Moser Andrew Pinsent Steve L. Porter James S. Spiegel Charles Taliaferro David R. Turner.
Austin, Michael W. (EDT)/ Geivett, R. Douglas (EDT)
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It is ironic that a book about being good should have to justify itself to its Christian audience. Yet this is exactly what the editors of this collection of essays on the virtues feel compelled to do in their introduction. That’s because “being good” and “virtue” don’t resonate with large segments of the church. Many of its leaders are actually suspicious of the terms. They raise the specter of ethics, and, goes the standard argument, “Christianity is not about ethics; rather, it is about a relationship with Christ.”
To this the editors reply that they while they “applaud any resistance to reducing Christianity to an ethical system,” they are concerned that Christian antipathy toward ethics “is itself unchristian.” For, they insist, though “Christianity is not merely about ethics . . . it does essentially include ethics,” by which they mean of course virtue ethics. One would think that...
This book discusses 11 Christian virtues, explaining their basis in the Christian faith, their importance for achieving the goal of the Christianity life and how to cultivate some of them in your character.
Most of the virtues are discussed with reference to the classical moral philosophy of Aristotle, which has had a foundational influence on western moral thought. On this understanding, the possession and expression of certain moral virtues are essential to a good, flourishing, and abundant human life.
The Christian development of this approach is that “virtues are conducive to flourishing and the abundant life because God designed us to function best when possessing and exemplifying the virtues.” They are displayed in the lives of those who have abundant life and live up to the God’s intention for human life. Virtues reflect the character of God. For centuries, Christians have understood moral formation as the imitation of Christ (Eph...
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