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Humility and Human FlourishingA Study in Analytic Moral Theology$
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Michael W. Austin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198830221

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198830221.001.0001

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Philosophy, Theology, and Christian Virtue

Philosophy, Theology, and Christian Virtue

(p.1) 1 Philosophy, Theology, and Christian Virtue
Humility and Human Flourishing

Michael W. Austin

Oxford University Press

This chapter contains a preliminary discussion of the importance and centrality of humility for the Christian moral life, and examines some initial ways of understanding the nature of this virtue, including a discussion of the biblical term tapeinophrosune. This word can be translated as humility or lowliness of mind. There are different ways of understanding the nature of humility, i.e., there is controversy over what it is and what it requires of those who seek to exemplify this trait. The main focus of the chapter is an explanation and defense of analytic moral theology, the methodological approach the book takes in its analysis of the moral virtue of humility. This chapter argues that analytic moral theology can help to clarify the nature of humility in a way that is conducive to moral and spiritual formation, if it is done with these ends in mind.

Keywords:   analytic theology, moral theology, analytic moral theology, humility, moral virtue, spiritual formation, moral formation

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