Volume 27, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2007
Elizabeth Agnew Cochran
Creaturely Virtues in Jonathan Edwards
The Significance of Christology for the Moral Life
JONATHAN EDWARDS NAMES HIS CHRISTOLOGICAL ACCOUNT OF THE VIRtue of humility as an "excellency proper to creatures" rather than of God's divine nature, which differentiates it from "true virtue" or benevolence. He presents the incarnate Christ as the moral archetype for humility. This has two implications for contemporary ethics. First, it suggests that we would have needed God's revelation in Christ to understand and pursue the virtues, even if the Fall had not occurred. Second, it indicates that there is a necessary relation between love and humility in the Christian life.