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Virtues and Their Vices$
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Kevin Timpe and Craig A. Boyd

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199645541

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645541.001.0001

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Faith as Attitude, Trait, and Virtue

Faith as Attitude, Trait, and Virtue

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(p.326) (p.327) 15 Faith as Attitude, Trait, and Virtue
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Virtues and Their Vices
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Robert Audi

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645541.003.0016

The concept of faith is important both in the philosophy of religion and in religious practice. Faith—or at least religious faith—has been widely conceived as a kind of virtue. Both concepts play important roles in major theological and ethical traditions; but, for certain purposes, both can be best clarified by abstracting from highly specific contexts, such as those of the New Testament and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. The paper examines many important relationships between faith and virtue. Doing this requires at least partial accounts of both virtue and faith. Providing these accounts is facilitated by A consideration of faithfulness—a kind of fidelity—in relation to both concepts helps to provide the needed accounts of virtue and faith. The paper proceeds to distinguish faith simpliciter from religious faith in particular, to single out several kinds of religious faith, and to explore in what sense religious faith may constitute a virtue.

Keywords:   faith, faithfulness, fidelity, religious faith, theological, virtue

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