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Christian Character FormationLutheran Studies of the Law, Anthropology, Worship, and Virtue$
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Gifford A. Grobien

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198746195

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198746195.001.0001

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Character Formation

Character Formation

A Proposal for the “Problem” of the Law

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Christian Character Formation

Gifford A. Grobien

Oxford University Press

This chapter engages Stanley Hauerwas’ work on the justification–sanctification distinction and character formation. Hauerwas argues that when we recognize the converting and regenerative character of justification, we may understand conversation to grant new agency or character. The life of sanctification begins with this new character, which continues to be formed through narratives and practices of virtue, especially those found in the church. Lutheran Joel Biermann builds on this argument by comparing character with the active righteousness of a Christian. Biermann’s paramount narrative for Christian character formation is the creedal narrative of the Church. Biermann’s and Hauerwas’ claims lead to further questions to be resolved: the anthropology and ontology of a Christian with new character, the operation of the specifically Christian narrative, and the distinctiveness of Christian character.

Keywords:   Stanley Hauerwas, agency, character, narrative, formation, Joel Biermann, two kinds of righteousness

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