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Christian Grace and Pagan Virtue: The Theological Foundation of Ambrose’s Ethics

J. Warren Smith


Though understandably overshadowed by Augustine’s preeminence in the West, Ambrose is a doctor of the Catholic Church and an important patristic authority for the Middle Ages and Reformation, especially in moral theology. Christian Grace and Pagan Virtue argues that Ambrose of Milan’s theological commitments, particularly his understanding of the Christian’s participation in God’s saving economy through baptism, are foundational for his virtue theory laid out in his catechetical and other pastoral writings. While he holds a high regard for classical and Hellenistic views of virtue, Ambrose ins ... More

Keywords: Ambrose, Augustine, baptism, resurrection, fall, sin, concupiscence, soul, body, Plato, Stoicism, Aristotle, Platonism, Neoplatonism, Plotinus, Christology, pneumatology, Holy Spirit, sacraments, law, grace, Jews, Eucharist, free will, atonement

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195369939
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369939.001.0001


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J. Warren Smith, author
The Divinity School, Duke University
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