Theological virtues

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  • C. S. Lewis Moral Argument

    matters, and indeed all of life, through a theological lens; his Christian belief had important public consequences because it provided him with insights into the human condition” (Wehner 2016, p. 1). Lewis also makes a point to defend his stance on morality by talking about Christian behavior. Lewis turns his focus to the topic of morality, in regards to Christians, to provide evidence as to why there is guidelines for right and wrong that everyone knows. “In reality, moral rules are directions for running the human machine. Every moral rule is there to prevent a breakdown, or a strain, or a friction, in the running of that machine” (Lewis 1952, p. 69). He reminds us that there are moral rules of right and wrong to guide us as humans to make a choice to glorify our Creator. Whether Christian or non-Christian we all make choices everyday that lift our Creator up or make him sad, so Lewis makes an excellent point that regardless of beliefs, there is some moral code. Lewis sees that there are three sides to morality, which are: harmony between individuals, harmony within the individual, and the general purpose of life. Then he expands on his position of three sides of morality by talking about the four cardinal virtues. There are actually seven virtues, but he chose to focus on the four cardinal virtues, which are the Christian virtues of prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude. These cardinal virtues are something that even non-Christian…

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  • The Importance Of Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics And The Virtues

    The concept of moderation and its importance throughout Aristotle 's Nicomachean Ethics and Thomas Aquinas’ The Virtues, is heavily contrasted with the intensity displayed within Baudelaire 's poem Get Drunk, and the documentary Amy. Within these four works, it is clear that not only do the concepts of intensity and moderation contradict, but the varying methods and effects of the two within each group contradict as well. In Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics the idea of moderation is portrayed…

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  • My Path To Graduation Analysis

    What do I want to be when I grow up? Am I doing what I really want to do for the rest of my life? Is being a youth pastor my calling in life? Did I make the right choice to come to seminary? Why am I forcing myself to go to church? Why am I dragging myself to finish seminary? These were some of the questions that I struggle to answer throughout my four years in seminary. As a pastor’s child without a direction and purpose, I was pushed into attending Fuller Theological Seminary right…

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  • Definition Essay: The Importance Of Core Values

    Core values are the fundamental belief of a person or an organization. There are millions of core values, but some of them are so important to everyone that throughout the changes in our society, politics and other things they remain the core values we abide by. They dedicate behavior and help people understand between right and wrong. Some of my core values that I abide by are loyalty, respect, patience, integrity and discipline. But one of the most important value/belief in my perspective is…

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  • The Ethical Views Of Aristotle And Plato's Desire For Happiness

    find a good- something real such as my health. Aristotle taught that the good is inscribed by God into the nature of all things. To find the good in anything is to discover its purpose. To search for the good is to go to each thing and discover its potential. To live the good life is to live according to our purpose, according to reason. Aquinas agreed with Aristotle that the ethical comes from the end that is inscribed in the nature of all creatures. At a person 's core, is the desire for the…

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  • Machiavelli's Role Of Morality In Politics

    paragraph, I will outline some cultural, historical background and older traditions which Machiavelli was reacting to, and the importance that morality had in shaping people’s and ruler’s actions. As Williams remarked, Machiavelli was coming from a tradition in which political actions and policies were subjected to Christian and Greek philosophers sublime ideals of moral and absolute soul integrity, pursuit of harmony and metaphysical explanations. Hence politics was seen as a vehicle of human…

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  • Analysis Of Kant's Critique Of Pure Reason

    The “summum bonum” is an ancient Latin expression which was introduced by the Roman philosopher Cicero, meaning “the highest good.” The old proverb is often used when answering the question of what makes for a meaningful life. In Immanuel Kant’s Religion Within the Boundaries of Bare Reason, he reasserts this “highest good” and describes it as “happiness proportioned to virtue.” Kantian philosophy rationally endorses the “highest good” of humanity, which cannot be fully attained in this world.…

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  • Analysis: Moral Theology: True Happiness And The Virtues '

    In reading the book Moral Theology: True Happiness and the Virtues by William Mattison III, I was pleasantly surprised to see how closely it follows the framework and school of thought of this class. The book focuses on why it is we do the things that we do in living a meaningful and reflective life. Following classical ‘means to end’ morality of the Aristotelian-Thomas tradition it utilizes many of the same commentators offered in this course including Annas, MacIntyre, Pieper, Pinckaers,…

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  • Benjamin Franklin Reflection

    Experiences are like a priceless possession that teaches an individual the value and esoteric essence of his own existence. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is an account of Franklin’s life experiences that taught him a deal of self-righteousness, virtue, self-actualization, knowledge and wisdom. Franklin recalls many past, powerful instances of his life that have influenced the ethical and intellectual development. The memoir also represents various events that built his keen interest in…

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  • Comparing Plato And Socrates In The Apology Phaedo Symposium Republic

    philosophy in daily life” (Saugat). In Socrates’ time, the world around him was explained through mythological stories and magic. “Before the time of Socrates,a philosopher’s main concern had been the physical world and how to explain it naturally. However, Socrates set in motion a new approach by focusing entirely on moral and psychological questions”(Violatti). Before Socrates’ time, philosophers were more focused on the physical world and how it can be naturally explained. Socrates,…

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