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  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub; Reprint edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592443672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592443673
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chris Lee on January 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
At the present time, Amazon.com is not listing that it's not just Edwards, but specifically, Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), the same one that wrote "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God". Thus, he is strongly classically evangelical, believing in the doctrines of original sin, love for God... and subsequent Christian teachings such as love for enemy, love for neighbor.
The summary of the book for those versed in virtue ethics is that Jonathan Edwards comes out as an agape-virtue ethicist. He thinks of the highest virtue of love ("The General nature of true virtue is love", p.85), which he does not name as agape, but that he does describe as unconditional love towards God, and then proceeding from this virtue, the true virtue of love of neighbor.
It's a rather difficult read, and unlike a lot of sermons which have a flow in argument or repeat their points over and over, and wrap up with a conclusion, Edwards more makes multiple stabs at various points.
Virtue, to Edwards, is the beauty of the quality and exercises of the heart, or those actions which proceed from them (p.2), and true virtue most essentially consists in benevolence to being in general (p.3). Thus, virtue most essentially consists in love (that is to say, that true virtue should inspire acts of love, but acts of love may not be representative of true nature), and true beauty is also the individual's harmony to the universe. There is also a distinction between love of complacence (almost similar to 'eros'), which presupposes beauty, and love of benevolence (specifically looking at God's love, which is not limited to things we consider beautiful). Thus, God's love is uncondition, which is linked to His character, exemplifying true virtue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. T. Kleven on January 6, 2014
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This is the second part of two dissertations, the first being The End for Which God Created the World). The first deals with the glory of God; this deals with what constitutes true virtue. It was written to expose the fallacies of other views of virtue which sought to define it without reference to God, but only to the goodness of man.

He starts with a basic definition: "virtue is the beauty of the qualities and exercises of the heart, or those actions which proceed from them...[or] what that is, which renders any habit, disposition, or exercise of the heart truly beautiful." His answer to what "virtue most essentially consists in," sounds strange at first: "true virtue most essentially consists in BENEVOLENCE TO BEING IN GENERAL." He then develops this to show how since God is the source of all being and has infinitely more being than anything else, virtue must consist mostly in love (benevolence) to Him, and love to fellow creatures.

He explains two types of love. Love of benevolence is "that affection or propensity of the heart to any being, which causes it to incline to its well-being, or disposes it to desire and take pleasure in its happiness." Love of complacence is "delight in beauty, or complacence in the person or being beloved for his beauty."

As usual, there is so much to stretch the mind into areas never considered before. Have you ever been happy for God because He is so happy? "A benevolent propensity of heart is exercised, not only in seeking to promote the happiness of the being towards whom it is exercised, but also in rejoicing in his happiness."

His chapter on "natural conscience" was very thought provoking.
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