The Formation of Character: Spirituality Seeking Justice

Blomberg, Doug
October 2006
Journal of Education & Christian Belief;Autumn2006, Vol. 10 Issue 2, p91
Academic Journal
EDUCATION ALWAYS DEPENDS on a view of humanness. Howard Gardner's influential theory of multiple intelligences promotes a broader view of human abilities than that generally favored in schooling, but Gardner relegates ethical, spiritual, and other normative dimensions to the periphery. The paper argues that virtue ethics, despite historical Protestant antipathy (which is addressed), provides a more comprehensive perspective, as long as the development of the virtues is seen to be embedded in creation and community. A biblical understanding of spirituality supplies the core that is missing from Gardner's bundle of computational competences, and seeking God's justice is its proper goal.


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