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A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics

A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics

by Joel Biermann (Editor)Joel Biermann (Editor)
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Over the last several decades, perceptive observers of Western civilization have documented what virtually everyone has perceived: as the old foundations of society have toppled, morality and personal character have been set adrift and often vanished altogether. How can character be cultivated when it seems no one is willing or able to provide a definitive description of character to which humans should aspire?

While the reasons for this are many and complicated, one of the more potent singular factors is actually theological, says Biermann. Contemporary Lutheranism, in particular, has struggled with the appropriate place of morality and character formation, as these pursuits often have been perceived as being at odds with the central Christian doctrine of justification.

A Case for Character explores this problem and argues that Christian doctrine, specifically as articulated within a Lutheran framework, is altogether capable of encouraging a robust pursuit of character formation while maintaining a faithful expression of justification by grace alone through faith alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451477917
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Joel D. Biermann is associate professor of systematic theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Virtue Ethics and the Challenge of Hauerwas 15

2 Contemporary Lutheran Voices 39

3 The Lutheran Confessions 65

4 The Search for a Paradigm: Some Lutheran Efforts 105

5 A Creedal Framework: A Proposal for the Reclamation of Ethics within Lutheranism 135

6 An Ethic for the Church: The Place of Character Formation 165

Index of Subjects and Names 201

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