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
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
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.