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Virtue Ethics

There is a great danger lurking about – this generalized disdain for tradition, habit and ritual. This is because it is increasingly understood, in various fields of study, that cultivating the proper habits and rituals yields a disproportionately significant flourishing effect in our lives. Such studies fascinate me, primarily because they resonate with an approach […] Read More

What is distinct about a Christian virtue ethic? Christians do not have a monopoly on virtue ethics. However, we should be confident that we have an important contribution to make to the broader discussion. We can be grateful for the work of scholars like Alasdair McIntyre, Stanley Hauerwas and Jonathan Wilson in emphasizing the importance […] Read More

Christians have no sense of “ownership” on virtues and virtue ethics. When Paul penned his message to the Galatians, he was aware that four centuries earlier the Greek philosopher Aristotle had emphasized the importance of virtues. Aristotle distinguished between intellectual virtues (traits that help us to think and reason well) and moral virtues (qualities that […] Read More

Virtue ethics offers a distinct approach to moral issues by concentrating on the character of social agents rather than an analysis of a particular dilemma. The foundational principle is that the actions of virtuous people will be morally sound and noble in nature. The Christian faith has emphasized virtue ethics through the centuries. A good […] Read More