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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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A Christian Account of Humility

A Christian Account of Humility

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Humility and Human Flourishing

Michael W. Austin

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains and offers an initial defense of a Christian conception of humility that is biblically grounded, theologically informed, and philosophically sound. It interacts with the views of several philosophers and theologians, past and present, who have offered a variety of accounts of the virtue of humility. While it does not engage in a comprehensive overview of every account of humility that is on offer, it references and discusses other views, in order to clarify the account it describes. The account developed in this chapter is Christological, insofar as it is grounded in the gospel accounts of the life of Christ and other portions of the New Testament—especially Philippians 2:1–11—that are relevant to understanding humility as it is exemplified by Jesus in these texts.

Keywords:   humility, Christology, New Testament, Gospels, Jesus Christ, Philippians

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