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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 27, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2007

William Werpehowski
Pages 55-72

Practical Wisdom and the Integrity of Christian Life

THEOLOGICALLY CONSIDERED, THE VIRTUE OF PRUDENCE OR PRACTICAL wisdom disposes a moral agent to "reason rightly about things to be done" insofar as the acts of counsel, judgment, and command enable both the discernment and the embodiment of moral reality in the world created and redeemed by God in Jesus Christ. In that world, Christians live and act as both sinful and righteous, and they find their integrity and maturity in an ongoing practice of repentance, renewal, and perseverance.

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