The questions posed by the Christian virtue tradition were far from silenced by the Reformation; indeed, in many ways, the discussion within sixteenth-and ...
Author: Stephen A. Wilson
Drawing on Protestant scholasticism, Puritan "precisionism," and virtue ethics, "Virtue Reformed" offers a comprehensive rereading of the ethical position of American philosopher-theologian Jonathan Edwards and his fascinating struggle to be both forwarder of the Reformation and participant in the Enlightenment.
Developing Moral Virtue Ethics in the Reformed Tradition Kirk J. Nolan. of this investigation would be to reveal where the tradition either accepted or ...
Author: Kirk J. Nolan
Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp
With its focus on the traditions and communities that form us over the course of a lifetime, virtue ethics has richly expanded our understanding of what the Christian life can look like. Yet its emphasis on human virtues and habits of mind and life seems inconsistent with the Reformed tradition's insistence that sin lies at the heart of the human condition. For this reason, virtue ethics seems out of place in Reformed theology, especially in the company of the Reformed tradition's greatest twentieth-century theologian, Karl Barth. In this new addition to the Columbia Series in Reformed Theology, Kirk Nolan argues that Barth's theology actually proves virtue ethics can be compatible with the Reformed tradition. Rather than see virtue as an inevitable and natural process of growth, Barth helps us understand that development in the Christian life comes through a process of repetition and renewal, and that all virtue comes solely as a gift from God. Nolan establishes an important bridge between Reformed moral teaching and the tradition of virtue ethics.
Drawing on Protestant scholasticism, Puritan “precisionism,” and virtue ethics, Virtue Reformed offers a comprehensive rereading of the ethical position of American philosopher-theologian Jonathan Edwards and his fascinating struggle to ...
Author: Stephen Wilson
Drawing on Protestant scholasticism, Puritan “precisionism,” and virtue ethics, Virtue Reformed offers a comprehensive rereading of the ethical position of American philosopher-theologian Jonathan Edwards and his fascinating struggle to be both forwarder of the Reformation and participant in the Enlightenment.
... a “must”; as virtue it is the power to do the good; as goal it is the ideal that ... in virtues, and in moral goods.162 According to Schleiermacher, ...
Author: Herman Bavinck
Publisher: Baker Academic
Herman Bavinck's four-volume Reformed Dogmatics is one of the most important theological works of the twentieth century. Leading Bavinck expert John Bolt edited that work, which has received wide acclaim. Now Bolt brings forth a recently discovered manuscript from Bavinck, in print for the first time, which serves as a companion to Reformed Dogmatics. Reformed Ethics mines the moral teachings of the early church and medieval and Puritan spirituality while addressing a variety of topics, offering readers Bavinck's mature reflections on ethical issues. This book is the first of three planned volumes.
Whoever desires an effect desires the cause of that effect esires virtue Everyone
desires the hap- everyone piness which is caused by virtue The case is
manifestly untrue . " He who has a confirmed habit of any kind of action exercises
no self ...
His first proposition under the head of moral virtue , “ The perfection or goodness
of moral virtue proceeds from its being the mean between excess and defect ; or ,
perfect moral virtue consists in a prudent medium between extremes , " has ...
Pagan virtues are indeed more than “ splendid vices . ” They may be genuine virtues , that is , virtues animated by the natural conscience , and approved by the
moral judgment . But such virtue is not Christian ; and for the evident reason that
For much of Western church history, virtue theory has largely been the province of the Catholic Church.
Author: Ashish Varma
Category: Mystical union
For much of Western church history, virtue theory has largely been the province of the Catholic Church. The marriage of Aquinas' dominant Christian virtue model with a medieval Catholic version of nature and grace has left post-Scholastic Protestants largely hesitant to enter the domain of virtue because of its seeming distance from the biblical narrative of salvation history and opposition to justification by faith alone. Yet with the onset of renewed interest in virtue theory in the twentieth century academy, some Protestants--namely, postliberals--began a retrieval of the virtue tradition. Rather than embed discussion in the medieval nature-grace framework, postliberals tended to build upon the postmodern innovation of narrative. Eventually, some Reformed theologians joined the retrieval. As the movement has picked up steam, though, to date no distinctly Reformed account of the economy of virtue has emerged to relieve the perceived tension between Reformed soteriological commitments and Thomist nature-grace foundations that remain dominant in Christian accounts of virtue. The present study seeks to fill this Reformed void, arguing for the economy of Christian virtue rooted in the doctrine of union with Christ by the Spirit.
The wisest of philosophers in seeking the idea of virtue , found that he is the
wickedest man who can so well conceal his malice as to pass for a good man ,
and to enjoy by this means all the credit that can be given to virtue . Therefore the
Author: William Stacy JohnsonPublish On: 2002-03-01
So that when it is inquired, what is the nature of true virtue? this is the same as to inquire what that is which renders any habit, disposition, ...
Author: William Stacy Johnson
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
This excellent resource presents short, meaningful selections from major Reformed theologians of Europe, the British Isles, and America during the classical period, 1519-1799. Arranged thematically according to major doctrines, it identifies significant theological points that illustrate both the distinctiveness and diversity of Reformed thought.
second, daneau mentions perfect virtue, which coincides with what the ancient philosophers called hexis. however, this second kind of virtue has to be ...
Author: Herman Selderhuis
An international team of renowned scholars give an oversight of the history and theology of Reformed Orthodoxy (± 1550-1750). The renewed interest in this fascinating period in intellectual history is documented in this Companion.
affections of the human soul , is to encourage the exercise of faith is burtful
passions of the human breast , and the outward semblance of virtue is ill - rooted
and easily destroyed , when it has been produced only by the application of
Do they never convert any by virtue of their ecclesiastical ministry ... clear from these quotations that Reformed ecclesiology would have to deal with the ...
Author: Donald K. McKim
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
A compilation of thirty-seven essays outlining and exemplifying Reformed views on the major Christian doctrines and practices. As editor Donald McKim notes, this volume constitutes the Òonly substantial theological reference tool for studying the major emphases of Reformed theology.Ó
... of perfection with a Reformed freedom ad utrumlibet in his disputations. ... 9.3.3 Turretin on the classical notion of “seeds of virtue” and “moral ...
Author: Philip John Fisk
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Philip J. Fisk offers a critical reappraisal of Jonathan Edwards’s Freedom of Will, interpreting Edwards from within his own tradition, Reformed Orthodoxy (±1550-1750), avoiding the outdated paradigms of the conventional interpretation of Edwards and his tradition, a so-called deterministic, reconciliationist Calvinism, and demonstrating from primary sources, such as Harvard and Yale commencement theses and quaestiones, that Edwards departed ways with Reformed Orthodoxy’s robust and highly nuanced view of freedom of will, contingency, and necessity.
... poorest of their brethren , and thus prepare the way and make the path straight
to knowledge and virtue . REFORMED SPELLING . To the Editor of the “ Times of
India , ” December 7 , 1882 . Sir , - The Education Commission has still to report ...
It is true that to a very great extent sin brings down retribution and virtue reaps
reward in this life . But God has wisely ordained that virtue shall often suffer and
wickedness prosper here , that men may train themselves to do their duty for
The Confessions make mention of remnants of natural good , but never do they
speak of an influence of God upon the natural man whereby he is improved or reformed . The Confessions teach , that by virtue of this natural light man retained
This immediacy is necessary for the believer to have true virtue and holiness . As Cochran rightly notes , ' For Edwards , we acquire the virtues by ...
Author: Michael Allen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology looks back to past resources that have informed Reformed theology and surveys present conversations among those engaged in Reformed theology today. First, the volume offers accounts of the major historical contexts of reformed theology, the various relationships (ancient and modern) which it maintains and from which it derives. Recent research has shown the intricate ties between the patristic and medieval heritage of the church and the work of the reformed movement in the sixteenth century. The past century has also witnessed an explosion of reformed theology outside the Western world, prompting a need for attention not only to these global voices but also to the unique (and contingent) history of reformed theology in the West (hence reflecting on its relationship to intellectual developments like scholastic method or the critical approaches of modern biblical studies). Second, the volume assesses some of the classic, representative texts of the reformed tradition, observing also their reception history. The reformed movement is not dominated by a single figure, but it does contain a host of paradigmatic texts that demonstrate the range and vitality of reformed thought on politics, piety, biblical commentary, dogmatic reflection, and social engagement. Third, the volume turns to key doctrines and topics that continue to receive attention by reformed theologians today. Contributors who are themselves making cutting edge contributions to constructive theology today reflect on the state of the question and offer their own proposals regarding a host of doctrinal topics and themes.
Religion belongs to the virtue of justice, it is the virtue by which human beings offer to God the devotion and worship that is due to him. The Reformation ...
Author: Herman Bavinck
Publisher: Baker Academic
In partnership with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Baker Academic is proud to offer the first volume of Herman Bavinck's complete Reformed Dogmatics in English for the very first time. Bavinck's approach throughout is meticulous. As he discusses the standard topics of dogmatic theology, he stands on the shoulders of giants such as Augustine, John Calvin, Francis Turretin, and Charles Hodge. This masterwork will appeal to scholars and students of theology, research and theological libraries, and pastors and laity who read serious works of Reformed theology.