Overview

humility


Show Summary Details

Quick Reference

Originally denoting low estate and the cowed attitude associated with it, in Judaism and Christianity the word acquired positive connotations. Understood as submissiveness before God, humility came to be regarded as a virtue, as Christ ‘humbled himself and became obedient unto death’ (Phil. 2: 8). St Thomas Aquinas thought of it as involving moderation of ambition to keep it within the bounds appointed for each individual by God. M. Luther regarded it as the joyful acceptance of God's will, and modern Protestant moralists identify it as complete resignation to our dependence on God.

Subjects: Christianity.


Reference entries

See all related reference entries in Oxford Index »


Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.