Faith and Virtue Formation Book

Faith and Virtue Formation


  • Author : Adam C. Pelser
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192648556

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Faith and Virtue Formation Excerpt :

The Christian tradition offers a robust and compelling vision of what it is for human life to be lived well. Faith and Virtue Formation articulates various aspects of that vision in ways that will deepen understanding of the virtues and virtue formation. The collection considers the value of studying the vices for moral formation; the importance of emotion and agency in virtue formation; the connections between certain disabilities and virtue; the roles of divine grace, liturgy, worship, and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in Christian virtue formation; the formation of infused virtues, including the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love; the roles of friendship and the communal life of the Church in cultivating virtue; and new philosophical and theological reflections on some largely neglected virtues. Offering an interdisciplinary approach, the contributors draw on philosophical, theological, and biblical wisdom, along with insights from contemporary psychology and rich narrative examples, in aid of becoming good. By providing deeply insightful and edifying reflections on the prospects, processes, and practices of moral and spiritual formation, this volume demonstrates that moral philosophy not only illuminates, but it can also guide and inspire the formation of virtue.

Faith and Virtue Formation Book

Faith and Virtue Formation


  • Author : Adam C. Pelser
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-06-03
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192895349

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Faith and Virtue Formation Excerpt :

The Christian tradition offers a compelling vision of what it is for human life to be lived well. This collection articulates various aspects of that vision in ways that will deepen understanding of virtue formation. The contributors demonstrate that moral philosophy not only illuminates, but can also inspire the formation of virtue.

Kierkegaard and Religion Book

Kierkegaard and Religion


  • Author : Sylvia Walsh
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-03-15
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 265
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107180581

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Kierkegaard and Religion Excerpt :

Focusing on the concepts of personality, character, and virtue, this work examines what it means to exist religiously for Kierkegaard.

Habits in Mind Book

Habits in Mind


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2017-04-10
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004342958

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Habits in Mind Excerpt :

This volume explores the role of both “mere habits” and sophisticated habitus in the formation of moral character and the virtues, incorporating perspectives from philosophy, theology, psychology, and neuroscience.

The Character of Virtue Book

The Character of Virtue


  • Author : Stanley Hauerwas
  • Publisher : Canterbury Press
  • Release Date : 2018-05-30
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9781786220707

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The Character of Virtue Excerpt :

Stanley Hauerwas is one of today's greatest theologians, but like many of us, he is also a godparent. In this very special collection he invites us to share in fifteen letters to sent to his godson, Laurence Wells. Each letter, sent on the anniversary of Laurence’s baptism every year, distills years of self-reflection and religious thinking into heartfelt notes packed with wit, warmth and verve. The letters explore what makes a happy, fulfilled life: kindness, courage, humility, joy, friendship, simplicity, humour, generosity and faith. An introduction by Samuel Wells—Laurence’s father—tells the story behind these letters and offers insight into being a godparent.

After You Believe Book
Score: 4
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After You Believe


  • Author : N. T. Wright
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2010-03-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061730559

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After You Believe Excerpt :

From the author of the acclaimed Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope comes a book that addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It's easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now. Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don'ts. Nor is it a prescription to "follow your heart" wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible's call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives. We are all spiritual seekers, intuitively knowing there is more to life than we suspect. This is a book for anyone who is hoping there is something more while we're here on Earth. There is. We are being called to join the revolution, and Wright insightfully encourages readers to find new purpose and clarity by taking us on an eye-opening journey through key biblical passages that promise to radically alter the work of the church and the direction of our lives.

Formed Together Book

Formed Together


  • Author : Manager Keith Dow
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-03
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 1481313215

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Formed Together Excerpt :

Joy, pain, celebration, and grief are constant companions on the journey of caregiving. While remaining detached might seem the preferable option, it is not possible to disentangle the threads of our interwoven stories. Our lives are shaped by each other. We are transformed by our encounters. In Formed Together, Keith Dow explores the questions of why we should, and why we do, care for one another. He considers what it means for human beings to be interdependent, created in the image of a loving God. Dow recounts personal experiences of supporting people with intellectual disabilities while drawing upon theological and philosophical sources to discover the ethical underpinnings of Christian care. Formed Together reveals that human beings care for one another not merely by choice, but because every person relies upon others. People are called together in mutually formative practices of care, and human flourishing means learning to care well. Dow suggests five virtues that mark ethical caregiving, such as humble courage and quiet attentiveness. These practices can help guide caregivers in responding to the divine call to care. Dow demonstrates that ethical practices of care do not depend upon intelligence or rational ability. Many are called to the vocation of tending to and being present in the needs of others. To be formed together in the divine image means that caregivers never entirely comprehend themselves, others, or God. Rather, caring well means that humans are to accompany one another in and through experiences of profound mystery and revelation. --Thomas Reynolds, Associate Professor of Theology at Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto

Moral Formation and the Virtuous Life Book

Moral Formation and the Virtuous Life


  • Author : Paul M. Blowers
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 2019-07-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 205
  • ISBN 10 : 9781506457376

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Moral Formation and the Virtuous Life Excerpt :

In Moral Formation and the Virtuous Life, volume editor Paul M. Blowers has translated and gathered several key texts from early Christian sources to explore the broad themes of moral conscience and ethics. Readers will gain a sense of how moral formation was part of a process sustained by pastoral instruction and admonition based on ritual practice (baptism, eucharist, and liturgy) as well as learned ethical behaviors related to moral issues, such as sexual ethics, marriage and celibacy, wealth and poverty, pagan entertainment, military service, and more. Moral Formation and the Virtuous Life is part of Ad Fontes: Early Christian Sources, a series designed to present ancient Christian texts essential to an understanding of Christian theology, ecclesiology, and practice. The books in the series will make the wealth of early Christian thought available to new generations of students of theology and provide a valuable resource for the Church. Developed in light of recent Patristic scholarship, the volumes will provide a representative sampling of theological contributions from both East and West. The series aims to provide volumes that are relevant for a variety of courses: from introduction to theology to classes on doctrine and the development of Christian thought. The goal of each volume is not to be exhaustive, but rather representative enough to denote for a non-specialist audience the multivalent character of early Christian thought, allowing readers to see how and why early Christian doctrine and practice developed the way it did.

Christian Character Formation Book

Christian Character Formation


  • Author : Gifford A. Grobien
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-16
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 231
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191091391

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Christian Character Formation Excerpt :

Christian Character Formation investigates worship and formation in view of Christian anthropology, particularly union with Christ. Traditions which value justification by faith wrestle to some degree with how to describe and encourage ethical formation when salvation and righteousness are presented as gracious and complete. The dialectic of law and gospel has suggested to some that forgiveness and the advocacy of ethical norms contend with each other. By viewing justification and formation in light of Christ's righteousness which is both imputed and imparted, it is more readily seen that forgiveness and ethics complement each other. In justification, God converts a person, by which he grants new character. Traditional Lutheran anthropology says that this regeneration grants a new nature in mystical union with Jesus Christ. By exploring the Finnish Luther School led by Tuomo Mannermaa, Gifford A. Grobien explains how union with Christ imparts righteousness and the corresponding new character to the believer. Furthermore, as means of grace, the Word and sacraments are the means of establishing union with Christ and nurturing new character. Considering Oswald Bayer's "suffering" the word of Christ, Louis-Marie Chauvet's "symbolic order" and Bernd Wannenwetsch's understanding of worship as Christianity's unique "form of life," Grobien argues that worship practices are the foundational and determinative context in which grace is offered and in which the distinctively Christian ethos supports virtues consistent with Christian character. This understanding is also coordinated with Stanley Hauerwas's narrative ethics and Luther's teaching of virtue and good works in view of the Ten Commandments.

A Case for Character Book

A Case for Character


  • Author : Joel D. Biermann
  • Publisher : Augsburg Fortress Publishers
  • Release Date : 2014
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : 9781451477917

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A Case for Character Excerpt :

Equipped with a rich heritage detailing the content of human character, it would seem that Christianity is ideally positioned to address a culture where morality and personal character are set adrift. Contemporary Lutheranism has struggled with the place of morality and character formation, concerns often seen as at odds with the doctrine of justification. A Case for Character argues that Christian doctrine is altogether capable of encouraging character formation while maintaining a faithful expression of justification by grace alone.

All Things Hold Together in Christ Book

All Things Hold Together in Christ


  • Author : James K. A. Smith
  • Publisher : Baker Books
  • Release Date : 2018-01-02
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781493411801

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All Things Hold Together in Christ Excerpt :

As Christians engage controversial cultural issues, we must remember that "all things hold together in Christ" (Col. 1:17)--even when it comes to science and faith. In this anthology, top Christian thinkers--including Robert Barron, Timothy George, Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair MacIntyre, Mark Noll, and N. T. Wright--invite us to find resources for faithful, creative thinking in the riches of the church's theological heritage and its worship traditions.

Boys to Men Book
Score: 4.5
From 2 Ratings

Boys to Men


  • Author : Tim Gray
  • Publisher : Emmaus Road Publishing
  • Release Date : 2001
  • Genre: Conduct of life
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN 10 : 9781931018029

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Boys to Men Excerpt :

This book is a Bible study guide designed specifically for men who want to build their spiritual strength. Each chapter focuses on a different virtue necessary to help raise up a generation of godly men. Virtues include: prudence; justice; fortitude; temperance; faith; hope; love.

Aquinas and the Infused Moral Virtues Book

Aquinas and the Infused Moral Virtues


  • Author : Angela McKay Knobel
  • Publisher : University of Notre Dame Pess
  • Release Date : 2021-10-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9780268201081

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Aquinas and the Infused Moral Virtues Excerpt :

This study locates Aquinas’s theory of infused and acquired virtue in his foundational understanding of nature and grace. Aquinas holds that all the virtues are bestowed on humans by God along with the gift of sanctifying grace. Since he also holds, with Aristotle, that we can create virtuous dispositions in ourselves through our own repeated good acts, a question arises: How are we to understand the relationship between the virtues God infuses at the moment of grace and virtues that are gradually acquired over time? In this important book, Angela McKay Knobel provides a detailed examination of Aquinas’s theory of infused moral virtue, with special attention to the question of how the infused and acquired moral virtues are related. Part 1 examines Aquinas’s own explicit remarks about the infused and acquired virtues and considers whether and to what extent a coherent “theory” of the relationship between the infused and acquired virtues can be found in Aquinas. Knobel argues that while Aquinas says almost nothing about how the infused and acquired virtues are related, he clearly does believe that the “structure” of the infused virtues mirrors that of the acquired in important ways. Part 2 uses that structure to evaluate existing interpretations of Aquinas and argues that no existing account adequately captures Aquinas’s most fundamental commitments. Knobel ultimately argues that the correct account lies somewhere between the two most commonly advocated theories. Written primarily for students and scholars of moral philosophy and theology, the book will also appeal to readers interested in understanding Aquinas’s theory of virtue.

Being Good Book

Being Good


  • Author : Michael W. Austin
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2011-12-20
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 292
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802865656

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Being Good Excerpt :

This volume offers a fresh, timely, practical look at eleven key Christian virtues: faith, open-mindedness, wisdom, zeal, hope, contentment, courage, love, compassion, forgiveness, and humility. Writing from a distinctively Christian perspective, the authors thoughtfully explore and explain these select virtues, seeking to nurture readers in lifelong character growth and to promote the centrality of the virtues to the Christian faith. Grouped under the headings Faith, Hope, and Love, the chapters each conclude with questions for further reflection. Contributors: Michael W. Austin Jason Baehr Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung R. Douglas Geivett David A. Horner William C. Mattison III Paul K. Moser Andrew Pinsent Steve L. Porter James S. Spiegel Charles Taliaferro David R. Turner.

After Virtue Book

After Virtue


  • Author : Alasdair MacIntyre
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • Release Date : 2013-10-21
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN 10 : 9781623569815

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After Virtue Excerpt :

Highly controversial when it was first published in 1981, Alasdair MacIntyre's After Virtue has since established itself as a landmark work in contemporary moral philosophy. In this book, MacIntyre sought to address a crisis in moral language that he traced back to a European Enlightenment that had made the formulation of moral principles increasingly difficult. In the search for a way out of this impasse, MacIntyre returns to an earlier strand of ethical thinking, that of Aristotle, who emphasised the importance of 'virtue' to the ethical life. More than thirty years after its original publication, After Virtue remains a work that is impossible to ignore for anyone interested in our understanding of ethics and morality today.