A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics

A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics

by Joel D. Biermann

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Equipped with a rich heritage detailing the content of human character, it would seem that Christianity is ideally positioned to address a culture where morality and personal character are set adrift. Contemporary Lutheranism has struggled with the place of morality and character formation, concerns often seen as at odds with the doctrine of justification. A Case for Character argues that Christian doctrine is altogether capable of encouraging character formation while maintaining a faithful expression of justification by grace alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451484342
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 961,303
File size: 529 KB

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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