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Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics

Volume 27, Issue 2, Fall/Winter 2007

Elizabeth Agnew Cochran
Pages 73-95

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.

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