Tag: Virtue

Rhetoric, Dialectic, Education, Philosophy

Two Types of Honesty

There are two types of honesty: Frankness: Saying what you think/feel is true, simply. When one is being frank, you could speak complete untruths (objectively speaking) while still being honest. Scientific Accuracy: This mode of honesty is intentionally humble in the sense that you say what you think could provide evidence for, qualify what you …

Ethics, Philosophy

Adler’s Moral Axiom

As far as I can tell, there are three major problems in ethical thinking today: Disconnecting ethics from happiness and therefore thinking that personal well-being and pleasure have nothing to do with ethics. Hedonism: The idea that right and wrong is only a matter of what leads to the highest personal pleasure. In social ethics, this means …

Bible, Christianity

Reflections on Abraham

What is a father? Genesis presents Abraham as being the father of many nations. The whole Bible presents the Israelites as the ‘sons of Abraham’ on multiple occasions. The New Testament, in particular, presents anybody with appropriate faith in God (whatever that means…but usually faith in Christ) as a child of Abraham. This is significant …

Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Spiritual Life

The Creation Narrative and Human Excellence

Here’s a repost from my old blog: Before we go on, below is the story of the creation of man in Genesis 1. Go ahead and read it in full as a refresher. Gen 1:26-31 ESV Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over …

Bible, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Seek first the Kingdom of God…how?

A lot of Christian advice boils down to platitudes with neither moral nor practical content. Sadly, our tendency to speak in airy nothings to one another as a time saving mechanism as stripped many of Jesus’ central ideals of meaning and practical content. An example is, “Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness …

Christian Mindset, Bible, Christianity, Mindset, Philosophy, Spiritual Life

Jordan Peterson and the Psychology of Redemption

Psychology of God Belief In his excellent talk on the psychology of redemption in Christianity, Dr. Jordan Peterson explains how the Christian vision of God creates balance in the people’s minds. It does do by allowing for them to pursue an ideal without treating their own personal interpretations or reductions of that ideal as absolute …

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Why virtue ethics matters

Virtue ethics, at its heart, is an ethical system based upon the nature of what it means to be human and what it takes for human beings to be happy and fully functioning beings. Many people, in their pursuit of happiness, buy into more recent notions of happiness that are not based upon actual knowledge …

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Human Excellence: On the Cardinal Virtues

One of the most unfortunate losses during the reformation was the loss of focus on the four cardinal virtues as simple excellencies that are praiseworthy in anybody, but find their truest expression in the Christian Scriptures. I’ve written about the cardinal virtues (justice, courage, temperance, and wisdom) briefly in the past and their place in …