- List of Contributors
- Creation and Ethics
- Redemption and Ethics
- Eschatology and Ethics
- Ecclesiology and Ethics
- Divine Grace and Ethics
- Divine Commands
- Tradition in the Church
- Reason and Natural Law
- Love: A Kinship of Affliction and Redemption
- Christians and Government
- Christians and Family
- Christians and Economics
- Christians and Culture
- Christians and the Church
- Ernst Troeltsch's <i>The Social Teaching of the Christian Churches</i>
- Anders Nygren's <i>Agape and Eros</i>
- Kenneth Kirk's <i>The Vision of God</i>
- H. Richard Niebuhr's <i>Christ and Culture</i>
- Reinhold Niebuhr's <i>The Nature and Destiny of Man</i>
- John Mahoney's <i>The Making of Moral Theology</i>
- Catholic Social Teaching
- Index of Names
- Index of Scriptural References
Abstract and Keywords
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.
Jean Porter is the O’Brien Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Notre Dame. She previously taught at Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is the author of numerous articles and four books on aspects of medieval moral thought and its contemporary significance including, most recently, Nature as Reason: A Thomistic Theory of the Natural Law (2005), and Ministers of the Law: A Natural Law Theory of Legal Authority (2010).
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