Virtue EthicsDictionary of Scripture and Ethics
Document TypeEncyclopedia Entry
AbstractVirtue ethics emphasizes the development of moral excellence in terms of character qualities called virtues. Virtue are (1) habituated dispositions involving both an affective desire for the good and the skill to both discern and act accordingly; (2) learned through practice within a tradition (i.e., a historical community with a rich account of the "good"); and (3) directed toward this tradition's particular conception of the good (making virtues "teleological"). From a Christian perspective, virtue ethics is an ethics of discipleship, which emphasizes the development of the habits, practices, and wisdom necessary to pursue the "good" exemplified by Christ. Reading Scripture in such a practice: disciples are formed by reading with more mature member of the church and thus gradually develop virtues and skilled judgment necessary to faithful interpretation.
CopyrightCopyright © 2011, Baker Publishing Group
PublisherBaker Academic, a division of Baker Publishing
Place of PublicationGrand Rapids, MI
Citation InformationNikki Coffey Tousley and Brad Kallenberg. "Virtue Ethics" Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/brad_kallenberg/10/