Publisher: Georgetown University
Bringing Orthodox Christianity into the recent dialog on virtue ethics, Joseph Woodill investigates the correspondences between the Eastern Orthodox tradition and contemporary virtue ethics, and he develops a distinctly Orthodox vision of theological ethics.
This book fills a vacuum in our understanding of the Eastern Church by revealing themes, persons, and insights that offer resources for a contemporary moral theology. Reviewing the Eastern tradition from patristic times to the present, Woodill shows its relevance to contemporary virtue ethics and identifies both differences and similarities between Orthodox and other- Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish- virtue ethics.
Woodill's study centers on the fundamental elements of classical Greek ethics: telos, practice, virtue, community, narrative, and mentoring. he analyzes the ancient Greek fathers and the writings of modern Orthodox ethicists Stanley Harakas, Vigen Guroian, and Christos Yannaras to show how those elements relate to the process of Christian transformation. He then demonstrates how the movement from creation to redemption contains an implicit virtue ethic.
The virtue ethic that Woodill describes is distinctive to Orthodox Christianity, revealing the Orthodox faith to be the pursuit of true virtue in Christ. This book helps make that ethic accessible to others. Woodill both brings new resources to contemporary virtue ethics and also illuminates the Eastern tradition.
An ordained Orthodox priest, Joseph Woodill is the pastor of St. John Church in Alpha, New Jersey. He received a Ph.D. in ethics and systematic theology from Fordham University.