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Virtues and Their Vices$
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Kevin Timpe and Craig A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645541.001.0001

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Virtue in Theology

Virtue in Theology

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Virtues and Their Vices

Stephen Pope

Oxford University Press

The traditional understanding of theology as ‘faith seeking understanding’ presumes a religious context in which believers strive to think about the meaning and practical implications of their piety, practices, and convictions. Theological reflection on the moral implications of religious belief leads to an analysis of both virtue as such and particular virtues, morally praiseworthy character traits like justice and courage, that enable one to live well. Living well is promoted when one’s creature nature is developed through cooperation with grace. The theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity provide the framework for the Christian moral life, understood as life lived as a journey to God. Christian discipleship is not a solitary adventure but a commitment to belong to the community that is the church. The virtue of prudence enables the moral agent to discern how best to act in light of this end and these virtues.

Keywords:   faith, theological virtue, god, discipleship, church, grace, faith, hope, charity, prudence

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