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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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Summary and a Brief Reflection on John 13

(p.217) 6 Conclusion
Humility and Human Flourishing

Michael W. Austin

Oxford University Press

This brief concluding chapter includes a summary of the book’s main points, chapter by chapter. It also includes a brief meditation on the portion of John’s gospel, John 13:1–17, in which Jesus serves his disciples by washing their feet. The act itself expresses humility, a fact that is underscored by the reversal of social roles that it exemplifies. It is especially striking that Jesus washes the feet of Judas, who would soon betray him. This reversal of social roles not only exemplifies the moral virtue of humility, it also provides a model for followers of Christ to imitate in daily life. The foot washing can also serve as a reminder to those who seek to exemplify the Christian virtue of humility, namely, that there are opportunities to do so in small, everyday situations.

Keywords:   Jesus, disciples, foot washing, Gospel of John, service, social roles

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