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True Virtue, Christian Love, and Ethical Theory

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0033
True Virtue, Christian Love, and Ethical Theory

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Edwards approached the divine character of the moral life both philosophically and theologically. This chapter explores his philosophical grounding for morality in God's being and then his theological conception of love as beauty. After discussing his positive estimation of natural virtues (those possessed by the unregenerate), it delineates his views of how to acquire and grow in virtue. The chapter concludes with a brief assessment of what is distinctive about Edwardsean ethics.

Keywords: morality; true virtue; love; beauty; natural virtue; ethics

Chapter.  9328 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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