Jean Porter

in The Oxford Handbook of Theological Ethics

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199227228
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article explores one reason for the continuing importance of the virtues for theological ethics. It shows that the language of the virtues builds in a kind of flexibility, even ambiguity, which is not so evident in the languages of law and duty. This is a fruitful ambiguity, because it enables the theologian to hold together two seemingly inconsistent yet compelling perspectives on the moral life, and even to begin to integrate them in a systematic way — although the terms of this integration will of course vary from one theologian to another.

Keywords: theological ethics; virtues; law; duty; moral life

Article.  7490 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Philosophy of Religion

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