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Christian Grace and Pagan VirtueThe Theological Foundation of Ambrose’s Ethics$
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J. Warren Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369939

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369939.001.0001

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The New Desire of the Inner Man

The New Desire of the Inner Man

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(p.199) 7 The New Desire of the Inner Man
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Christian Grace and Pagan Virtue
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J. Warren Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369939.003.0008

Building on the Christological and pneumatological foundations of baptism developed in Chapter 6, Chapter 7 explores Ambrose’s understanding of the actual change in the moral character of the neophyte as a result of baptism. How is the baptized’s participation in the new Adam through the indwelling of Christ’s Spirit manifest in her manner of life? How does the grace of baptism create the possibility for living the virtuous life in a way they did not under sin?

Keywords:   baptism, commonwealth, conversatio, decorum, forgetting, holy affections, justice, love, repentance, Satyrus, virtue

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