Innocence – Biblical
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Central Texts: Gospel of Matthew 5:3-16; Romans 12:1-2; New Testament virtue lists (Galatians 5:22–23; Philippians 4:8; Colossians 3:12; 1 Timothy 4:12; 6:11; 1 Peter 3:8).
Innocence / Virtue Taking „innocence“ as an “innocent” starting point this class aims at digging deeper into the question of what constitutes a „good life“. According to most ancient philosophers the answer to this question must in some ways relate to the concept of “virtue”. Although the Greek word arête is absolutely marginal in the pages of the New Testament there are many interesting traces leading to this central question. Instead of asking the Kantian question “What is morally right and, thus, my duty to do?” one may ask: “What does it mean to be good?”