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Character and the Christian Life by Stanley Hauerwas
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Nov 08, 2012

Read from November 21, 2011 to November 01, 2012 — I own a copy


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11/21/2011 page 2
1.0% "Protestant theological ethics has tended to shape its conception of the moral life around the metaphor of command. The Christians's obligation, in the light of this metaphor, is obedience to the law and performance of the will of God. The object of the moral life is not to grow but to be repeatedly ready to obey each new command."
11/21/2011 page 3
1.0% "The language of command tends to be inherently occasionalistic with a correlative understanding of the self that is passive and atomistic."
11/21/2011 page 11
4.0% "By the idea of character I mean the qualification of man's self-agency through his beliefs, intentions, and actions, by which a man acquires a moral history befitting his nature as a self-determining being."
11/21/2011 page 18
7.0% "Though the importance of psychological and environmental factors are not t be underestimated, men are not beings who are simply formed by the interaction of these forces. Rather men are in essence self-determining beings, who act upon and through their nature and environment to give their lives particular form. In a sense men control their futures by choices and actions."
10/05/2012 page 18
6.0% "Men are in essence self-determining beings, who act upon and through their nature and environment to give their lives particular form. In a sense men control their futures by becoming the kind of men they are through their present choices and actions."
10/05/2012 page 21
7.0% "The relation of the agent to character can be compared to the relation between a sculptor and a particular piece of stone. The sculptor cannot shape the stone in any way he pleases since he must follow the grain and strength of the stone itself."
10/05/2012 page 29
10.0% "The idea of character provides the means to discuss with rigor and discipline the moral formation of the subjective. Decision is not king."
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