The second post to the three part series on retrieval exegesis examining the philosophical foundations of such an endeavor.
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The concept of virtue plays a major role in the life of early Christianity. As variously espoused by philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, and others, virtue relates to living the ‘good life’ or a proper mode of right living in the polis. Certainly philosophical notions of virtue influenced early Christian writers, however, the infusion of biblical material into commonly accepted notions of virtue set early Christians apart from their pagan philosophical interlocutors. For our purposes that follow, I will only mention few features and implications.
Every Wednesday Southern Seminary Ph.D. students from across all disciplines gather in community for their personal and professional betterment. Typically, a senior scholar spends time amongst us—whether digitally or in the flesh—to discuss different aspects of life in the academy. On October 15, the 1892 Club—named for the year of the first SBTS graduating doctoral class—welcomed one of Southern’s own in Dr. Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality and Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.