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How to Practice the Virtue of Hope: The ‘Shawshank’ Connection

The apostle Paul ends 1 Corinthians 13 with the words “And so these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” In the Christian tradition from Augustine to Aquinas and beyond, “these three” become the three theological virtues. For love, we get a list of how-to’s in the same chapter: love is not rude; it rejoices with the truth. In Hebrews 11, we get a list of heroes of faith. But what to say about…
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
October 30, 2014
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How to Practice the Virtue of Hope: The ‘Shawshank’ Connection

The apostle Paul ends 1 Corinthians 13 with the words "And so these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love." In the Christian tradition from Augustine to Aquinas and beyond, "these three" become the three theological virtues. For love, we get a list of how-to's in the same chapter: love is not rude; it rejoices with the truth. In Hebrews 11, we get a list of heroes of faith. But what to say about…
Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung
September 5, 2014
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Cultivating Christlike Virtue in the Between Time

N. T. Wright's excellent book focuses on sanctification during "all that time in between" the "now" of conversion and the "not yet" of the fully realized eschaton. A follow-up to the work Wright began in Simply Christian and Surprised by Hope, this book would be ideal for college and seminary classrooms as well as small group study. Wright starts with the tension between those who think of Christian discipleship as principled rule-following and those who think of worship and practice…