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The Theology of Jonathan Edwards$
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Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.001.0001

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True Virtue, Christian Love, and Ethical Theory

True Virtue, Christian Love, and Ethical Theory

(p.528) 33 True Virtue, Christian Love, and Ethical Theory
The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Michael J. McClymond

Gerald R. McDermott

Oxford University Press

Edwards approached the divine character of the moral life both philosophically and theologically. This chapter explores his philosophical grounding for morality in God's being and then his theological conception of love as beauty. After discussing his positive estimation of natural virtues (those possessed by the unregenerate), it delineates his views of how to acquire and grow in virtue. The chapter concludes with a brief assessment of what is distinctive about Edwardsean ethics.

Keywords:   morality, true virtue, love, beauty, natural virtue, ethics

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