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Theological Virtues

Theological Virtues Theological virtues are virtues associated in Christian theology and philosophy with salvation resulting from the grace of God.[1] Virtues are traits or qualities which dispose one to conduct oneself in a morally good manner. Traditionally they have been named Faith, Hope, and Love, and can trace their importance in Christian theology to Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 13, who also pointed out that charity is the...

Works Of Mercy

Works Of Mercy Works of mercy (sometimes known as acts of mercy) are practices considered meritorious in Christian ethics. The practice is popular in the Catholic Church as an act of both penance and charity. In addition, the Methodist church teaches that the works of mercy are a means of grace which lead to holiness[1] and aid in sanctification.[2] The works of mercy have been...

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Empathy

What Is Empathy? Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within their frame of reference, that is, the capacity to place oneself in another’s position.[1] Definitions of empathy encompass a broad range of emotional states. Types of empathy include cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, and somatic empathy.[2] Etymology The English...

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The Virtue Of Unselfishness

The Virtue Of Unselfishness The story is told of a Chinese hero who acted with remarkable unselfishness during an earthquake. From the vantage of his hilltop farm, he noticed the ocean swiftly withdraw, like some prodigious animal crouching before a leap. He knew that the leap soon to take place...

The Seven Catholic Virtues

The Seven Catholic Virtues

The Seven Catholic Virtues The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue as “a habitual and firm disposition to do the good.” Traditionally, the seven Christian virtues or heavenly virtues combine the four classical cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, temperance, and courage (or fortitude) with the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity. These were adopted by...

Agape “Divine Love”

Agape is Divine Love Agape (agapē) is a Greco-Christian term referring to love, “the highest form of love, charity” and “the love of God for man and of man for God”.[1] The word is not to be confused with philia, brotherly love, as it embraces a universal, unconditional love that transcends and...

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I’thar (Altruism)

I’thar (Altruism) Altruism (i’thar), preferring others to oneself when doing a good deed, is, according to the moralists, giving precedence to the common interests of the community over one’s own interests; according to Sufis, it is devoting oneself to the lives of others in complete forgetfulness of all concerns of...

Sadaqah

What Is Sadaqah? Sadaqah or Sadaka (صدقة‎, “charity”, “benevolence”,[1] ṣadaqāt صدقات) in the modern context has come to signify “voluntary charity”.[2] According to the Quran, the word means voluntary offering, whose amount is at the will of the “benefactor”.[3] Etymology and meaning ‘Sadaqa‘ literally means ‘righteousness’ and refers to the voluntary giving of alms or charity.[4] But...

Tzedakah

What Is Tzedakah? Tzedakah or Ṣ’daqah in Classical Hebrew (צדקה‎) (A-Sadaqah الصدقة ), is a Hebrew word literally meaning “justice” or “righteousness”, but commonly used to signify charity. Notably, this concept of “charity” is different from the modern Western understanding of “charity”, which is typically understood as a spontaneous act of goodwill and a marker of...

Humanity

Humanity As A Virtue

Humanity As A Virtue Humanity is a virtue associated with basic ethics of altruism derived from the human condition. Humanity differs from mere justice in that there is a level of altruism towards individuals included in humanity more so than the fairness found in justice.[1] That is, humanity, and the acts of love, altruism, and social intelligence are typically individual strengths...

Ren (Confucianism)

Ren (Confucianism) Ren (仁) is the Confucian virtue denoting the good feeling a virtuous human experiences when being altruistic. Ren is exemplified by a normal adult’s protective feelings for children. It is considered the outward expression of Confucian ideals. Yan Hui, one of the Four Sages, once asked his master to describe the rules of ren. Confucius replied,...

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Toleration

What Is Toleration? Toleration is the acceptance of an action, object, or person which one dislikes or disagrees with. Random House Dictionary defines tolerance as “a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own”.[1] Toleration may signify “no more than forbearance and...

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Kindness

What Is Kindness? Kindness is the act or the state of being kind, being marked by good and charitable behavior, pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions  In philosophy According to book two of Aristotle’s...

Philanthropy

What Is Philanthropy? Philanthropy means the love of humanity. A conventional modern definition is “private initiatives, for the public good, focusing on quality of life”, which combines an original humanistic tradition with a social scientific aspect developed in the 20th century. The definition also serves to contrast philanthropy with business endeavors, which are private initiatives for private good,...

Dana

What Is Dana? Dāna (दान) is a Sanskrit and Pali word that connotes the virtue of generosity, charity or giving of alms in Indian philosophies.[1][2] It is alternatively transliterated as daana.[3][4] In Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, dāna is the practice of cultivating generosity. It can take the form of giving to an individual in distress or...

Alms

Alms or Almsgiving Alms or almsgiving involves giving to others as an act of virtue, either materially or in the sense of providing capabilities (e.g. education) free. It exists in a number of religions and regions. The word, in the modern English language, comes from the Old English ælmesse, ælmes, from Late Latin eleemosyna, from Greek ἐλεημοσύνη eleēmosynē (“pity, alms”), from ἐλεήμων, eleēmōn (“merciful”), from ἔλεος, eleos (“pity”). Judaism...

Alms and Almsgiving

Alms and Almsgiving Any material favour done to assist the needy, and prompted by charity, is almsgiving. It is evident, then, that almsgiving implies much more than the transmission of some temporal commodity to the indigent. According to the creed of political economy, every material deed wrought by man to...

Charity and Charities

Charity and Charities In its widest and highest sense, charity includes love of God as well as love of man. The latter kind of love is so closely connected with, and dependent upon, the former, that neither it nor its fruits, under the Christian dispensation, can be adequately set forth without a brief preliminary glance at the relations existing between...

Magnanimity

What Is Magnanimity? Magnanimity (from Latin magnanimitās, from magna “big” + animus “soul, spirit”) is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes. Its antithesis is pusillanimity (Latin: pusillanimitās). Although the word magnanimity has a traditional connection to Aristotelian philosophy,...

Altruism

What Is Altruism?

What Is Altruism? Altruism is a concern for the welfare of others. It is a traditional virtue in many cultures, and a core aspect of various religious traditions, though the concept of ‘others’ toward whom concern should be directed can vary among cultures and religions. Altruism is the opposite of selfishness. Altruism...

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