Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS)
Schools and Centres
Philosophy and Theology
Rev Dr Thomas Ryan, SM
As Christians, the basis for our moral development and consequent actions is rooted in our relationship with Jesus Christ. To the extent that we respond to the love of God, open ourselves to ongoing conversion, allow of our consciences to be formed by His truth, recognise and repent of sin in our lives and strive to develop the virtues is the extent to which we will grow as disciples of Jesus. Both James Keenan and William Spohn have used virtues ethics to investigate various aspects of this call and our moral response. Keenan’s principal concern seems to be the nature and practice of the virtues, especially that of wisdom in moral decision-‐ making. Spohn looks at identity, perception and dispositions while using Scripture to argue how the person of Jesus Christ must play a normative role in how we reflect on and respond to moral issues. Common to both is the requirement of disciples to be lovers and imitators of Jesus Christ, not only for our own moral good, but for that of our wider church communities and our society.
Borg, N. J. (2011). The role of the Virtues in Christian discipleship in James Keenan SJ and William Spohn: A comparative investigation (Master's thesis). University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, WA.