Virtue Reborn Paperback
by Tom Wright;
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In this book, full of fresh biblical exploration, Bishop Tom Wright proposes instead that we inhabit the ancient tradition of virtue once again but from a thoroughly Christian, not just a philosophical, perspective. The virtues are the strengths we need to get to our goal. Following on from his popular best-selling books Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, he sees the goal in terms of the whole new creation, with humans renewed to look after it.
Virtue Reborn by Tom Wright was published by Spck in February 2010 and is our 13833rd best seller. The ISBN for Virtue Reborn is 9780281061440.
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Virtue RebornBarry Vendy, via The Good Book Stall
N. T. (‘Tom’) Wright explores the ancient complex and many-sided notion of Virtue, the work of the Holy Spirit in the nurturing and development of ‘new strengths’ of character. Rather than being formed by ethical rules, Virtue is eschatologically driven (‘front-loaded’, is Wright’s expression) anticipating-the-life-of-the-age-to-come.
The book issues a ‘double challenge’: to Christians (‘to think through the nature of Christian behaviour from a new angle’), and to ‘anyone and everyone’ (‘to think through what it means to be genuinely human’).
You will find the author’s usual vivid range of illustrations, old and recent, fictional and factual, and the intensive study of many biblical passages (among them Genesis 1 and Psalm 8 - related to the recurring emphasis on ‘priests and rulers’ - the Sermon on the Mount and 1 Corinthians 13).
The closing chapter offers the helpful picture of a ‘Virtuous Circle ‘, whose elements - scripture, stories, examples, community and practices -will help with ‘character being transformed and virtue reborn’.
I didn’t find this an easy book to read, but it’s worth letting it stretch you.
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Details for Virtue Reborn
|Page last updated||13th March 2013|
|Author / Artist||Tom Wright|
|Publisher||Spck (February 2010)|
|Number of Pages||272|