A Christological Approach to Virtue: Augustine and Humility by Deborah Wallace Ruddy

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Marx believed workers need pride to reclaim responsibility for their lives and shed their false consciousness. In his article, "Sin as Pride and Sin as Sloth," John C. Raines decribes the false consciousness that. according to Marx. religion fosters: Man flees from the exposure of his active, productive self-understanding and existence into the passivity of religious awe and taboo. He does not stand his ground and assert himself over against the given realities but drifts into an opiate. dream-like self-surrendering to the world.

I06 [n her conclusion. "I07 Humility and other virtues that call for self-sacrifice must be understood as problematic insofar as they apply more to the selfcentered self. typical of men. and less to the de-centered self. typical of women. This does 102 Elizabeth A. Johnson. She Who [s: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse (New York: Crossroad. 1992). 64. 103 P1askow. 112. I~ Ibid .. 88. • 92-93. _ 166. 107 Ibid.. 3. 37 not necessarily mean that a virtue like humility needs to be entirely replaced.

Torjesen argues. so that within Christianity there was a correlation between male/female roles and male/female virtues. Torjesen writes: Parallel to the notion of the separate spheres was the Greco-Roman system of gendered virtues. Men were encouraged to cultivate the virtues of courage. justice, and self-mastery. These were public virtues. essential for participation in the life of the community. Women were encouraged to cultivate the virtues of chastity, silence and obedience. 2 Male virtues aimed at civic and personal excellence, were the principal means to honor.

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