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Christian Life :: Christian Virtue

February 18–March 11
Taught by Bill Prior
Sundays, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)

Christian VirtueWhen we think of Christian ethics, we are apt to think of it in terms of a set of commandments to do, or not to do: do not murder, do not steal, do not commit adultery. But there is another way of thinking about ethics that complements the first, and is based not on doing, but on being: be loving, be compassionate, be forgiving. This latter way encourages us to develop qualities of character, or virtues, that guide our lives. In this class we will look at several virtues that have been prominent in the Christian tradition—love, compassion, generosity, forgiveness, wisdom and faith—that are central to our lives as Christians. These virtues shape the idea that Christianity is not only a set of beliefs, but a way of life. We will examine Christian virtue in light of several parables of Jesus, including the good Samaritan, the prodigal son, and the rich man and Lazarus. There will be an opportunity to take a quiz to discover our own strongest character traits.

The class series Christian Life will explore how our Christian faith is the basis and foundation of how we live out our lives. All Discipleship classes are designed to build upon one another; however, each class is structured so that you can come when you can.

Pre-registration for this class is requested but not necessary. Sign up here.

Free child care is available by reservation only no later than February 8 for this class. To reserve child care, send your RSVP to .