Virtues are in, but the work of Bill Bennett and others says little about specifically Christian virtues. Jonathan Wilson now recounts the recent rise of virtue ethics and provides a compelling Christian account and justification of them.
Wilson engages such key figures as Alasdair MacIntyre and Stanley Hauerwas. Focusing especially on the "theological virtues" of faith, hope, and love, he not only sets forth a closely reasoned intellectual argument but suggests how an embrace of virtue ethics might change the nitty-gritty practice of the church's education, worship, and hospitality.
Accessible, informed, and faithful, 'Gospel Virtues' is important reading for all who care about issues of character and community.
Jonathan R. Wilson
Jonathan Wilson is Professor of Religious Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.