theological virtue


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theolog′ical vir′tue


n.
any of the three graces, faith, hope, or charity, infused into the soul by a special grace of God.
[1520–30]
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Noun1.theological virtue - according to Christian ethics: one of the three virtues (faith, hope, and charity) created by God to round out the natural virtues
brotherly love, charity - a kindly and lenient attitude toward people
cardinal virtue - one of the seven preeminent virtues
hope - one of the three Christian virtues
faith, religion, religious belief - a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny; "he lost his faith but not his morality"
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Paul instructs his audience about the great theological virtue of faith; he uses Abraham as his primary example to showcase this virtue as well as the beneficence of God who is faithful to divine promises made.
3) Thomas Aquinas says that those who have the theological virtue of charity are gifted with the Holy Spirit and are thereby endowed with a certain con naturality with "divine things.
Perhaps American virtue should be considered in light of moral and theological virtue.
Theological virtue ethics acknowledges not only the moral virtues that are acquired through education and deliberate acts oriented toward the natural human good of eudaimonia (human flourishing), but also acknowledges that human efforts to lead a moral life are animated, purified, and elevated by God's grace to do good and avoid evil.
For Aquinas (and Seckler), the person is "naturally religious," and this orientation to the transcendent, once combined with, or coordinated to, its proper object, results in the "habit of faith"--the theological virtue by which one is "directed to assent to such things as are becoming to right faith.
Buddhist compassion, he writes, is "a kind of 'theological virtue,' which, like the traditional Christian theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity (or love), orients a Zen Buddhist's feeling and volition but leaves a void insofar as the construct of compassion gives little specific guidance, especially when one dives into the chaotic, complex, and murky waters of politics, nationalism, and international relations" (175).
On the other hand, hope is a theological virtue, an excellence of disposition and an act that is specifically necessary for the Christian spiritual life; it is rooted in God's grace, which the believer possesses and is therewith summoned to actuate according to divine charity.
You cannot argue with someone who does not understand that, not only are Catholics Christians (we figure, hey, we started it; we don't need an authenticity card) but who, like this poor woman, confuses the theological virtue of hope with some cheap sentiment: She was weighed down with the belief that she had to hang in there, bearing abuse and hoping he would change.
Most significantly, Aquinas links human friendship with the theological virtue of hope.
One notes here that hope is a theological virtue which Kekes supports with no discernible theological principle.
89) The theological virtue of hope, though, has a longer-term capacity, since it looks beyond the vicissitudes of daily life, and grounds hopefulness in the character and promises of God.
The subject of Milton's Places of Hope is the manner in which Milton develops the early modern view of hope as the theological virtue most rooted in place.