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Tomas, Batangas ; Mangaldan, Pangasinan ; theologians . Indeed, in apparent contrast to her earlier discussion of exemplarism, Zagzebski says that: "An exemplar with a radically different psychic structure would be  unrecognizable" The second major difference is that EMT draws extensively on contemporary empirical psychology in order to investigate the various motivations, emotions, reasons, beliefs, etc. Indeed, the book strains to testify to its own empirical adequacy. There is a fair amount of empirical evidence along with Zagzebski's repeated insistence for whose benefit is far from clear that the various claims defended in the book are empirically testable.
This quest for empirical respectability, familiar by now in certain areas of moral philosophy, is at times illuminating and at other times distracting. Having said that, I would like to emphasize that Zagzebski's overall discussion here strikes me as one of the best I have seen in balancing philosophical theory, experimental evidence, and various forms of literary and biographical narratives of moral exemplars.
Moral exemplars provide the foundation of the theory. That is, individuals, not concepts, provide the foundation of the theory. Zagzebski takes this non-conceptual foundation to be "the greatest advantage" of her theory over its rivals, especially when it comes to  providing an account of virtue She provides three extended discussions of historical exemplars. The selection of these three exemplars might at first seem like an odd mix: The first two are twentieth-century Roman Catholic Europeans and the third one is Confucius. But the selection is not meant to be representative of the class of world-historical moral exemplars.
The three men represent three types of exemplars: the hero, the saint, and the sage. Each exemplifies a virtue that for him is dominant, although they, of course, have other virtues as well. I will focus here on Zagzebski's example of the hero, as a way of saying something below about what admiration "upon reflection" amounts to.
Leopold Socha was a sewer inspector and former thief who helped some of his fellow Poles escape the early deaths that were threatened by the Nazi occupation.
Socha helped them hide in the city's sewers for months, providing them with food and other necessities, and risking his own life. Many of them survived. In this episode in his life, Socha seems to have shown great courage. But there are also a few mitigating factors. First, Socha helped at the beginning only because they paid him to do so, otherwise he would not have done so.
Second, he apparently thought his helping behavior would redeem his past sins, an ulterior motive. And third, he is reported to have proclaimed proudly to bystanders, once the survivors emerged from the sewers, "These are my Jews. She thinks that we will find him admirable "upon reflection," at least along the dimension regarding courage. But even that admiration will be tempered, for some of us, by moral concern.
Were they also heroes? To whom? Zagzebski advances a nuanced position in response to one of the issues involved here, pointing out that, according to recent studies, a person's admiration will differ depending on whether that person assesses the end of action from his or her own point of view, or from the point of view of the person whose action it is But there is also a harder question here, about cross-cultural disagreements over admirability.
In those cases, Zagzebski's position had better not entail, as it can sometimes certainly seem, that what settles the question is some kind of cosmic Gallup poll. On her official view, as I have indicated, what settles such questions will be what 'we' admire "upon reflection. That is what I mean by conscientious self-reflection. But I wonder whether Zagzebski also has something stronger in mind. In a number of places she appeals apparently approvingly to the developing "moral sense" of a child n. Zagzebski insists that her project remains quite distinct from any version of Aristotelian eudaimonism, although certain aspects of her view may be consistent with it, or even overlap with it.
But it depends on how eudaimonism is understood. Unfortunately, Zagzebski considers only one of two possibilities for Aristotelian eudaimonism, even though contemporary Aristotelians go in two fairly opposed directions on this point. This is what she says about the relationship of her general approach to Aristotle's: In constructing a theory in which the admirable is more basic than the desirable, I am reversing the priority Aristotle gives in the Nicomachean Ethics. There he defines the good as the desirable -- what everyone desires for its own sake NE a18 -- 20 , and he identifies that with eudaimonia, a life of well-being or flourishing.
The whole chapter should be a subject of meditation in relation to our topic. In the texts that have been quoted there is a translation problem that The New Jerusalem Bible wrestled with, that is, the translation of pneuma and sarx spiritus and caro in the Vulgate Latin , terms used by Paul to describe a tension that he sees in Christian life.
Because the translators were aware of how much harm has been done in the history of Christianity by misreading Paul on this point, a point that is most important for our concerns with spirituality in a secular society.
This includes our bodies, our emotions, our human activity, which is usually bodily and emotional in some way — everything in us as influenced by the Spirit. Therefore, for Paul the elements in us closer to matter — our bodies, our emotions or passions, our bodily activities — can be and are spiritual if they share in our total service of God in and by the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, that which is most immaterial in us — our minds, our intellects, our wills — can be flesh or fleshly if they are opposed to the Holy Spirit. Here the text explicitly associates whatever is opposed to the Spirit with the nogs or mind, the highest and most immaterial faculty of the human person.
That is why the resurrection of the whole being, including the body, is so important in biblical teaching. Already in the Fathers of the Church we begin to see this misreading and deflection of thought and terminology. In order to urge people to holiness, many of the Fathers mixed the biblical message with Stoic philosophy, Platonist philosophy, and sometimes traces of Gnosticism or Manicheism, even though they fought these latter two doctrines.
Stoics looked on the feelings, the emotions, and the body as impediments to virtuous living. The ideal was apatheia — lack of feeling. Our English word apathy is rooted in this Greek word. For their part, Platonists and neo-Platonists saw the sensible world as a shadow of the really real, the true reality found in the unchanging world of ideas, which for them was the realm of the immaterial, the spiritual in the sense of that which is opposed to the material. Change, and history working itself out through change, were considered a weakness and a falling away from the realm of the unchanging and eternal, the spiritual.
Gnostics and Manicheans both despised the material and the bodily, seeing them either as the product of sinful error among the gods or as the creation of an evil creator god. Both eastern and western Fathers were influenced in varying degrees by these currents of thought. They adopted Stoicism and Platonism with great enthusiasm because these doctrines seemed to point to a lofty elevated life.
In the West some of this filtered through Fathers such as Ambrose and Augustine — great persons who have served us well in so many ways, but who also established certain patterns that have not been helpful. For Augustine, one finds this truly real — ultimately God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — by going from the exterior world to the interior, going within oneself, and then moving from the lower to the higher in oneself and from there to God. Hence a tendency to see true life in the Spirit as interior life. Another important influence on attitudes in spirituality was the doctrine of original sin, especially as developed in the west.
Original sin and its dire effects were, according to Augustine, passed on through the marriage act because, however good marriage is in itself, intercourse inevitably involves some disorder or sin, at least a venial sin. Pleasure in marriage had to be justified for Augustine by reason of the good of children, although Augustine does include among the goods of marriage the fidelity of the couple to each other as well as the symbolic quality of their marriage, that is, its symbolizing the union of Christ and the Church, which was seen as the reason for the indissolubility of marriage.
Earlier than Luther, in the twelfth century, Peter Lombard, a theologian whose Book of Sentences became the standard textbook for theologians in the universities of Europe, summarized the role of sacraments as follows: some sacraments, such as baptism, are both remedies against sin and confer grace; other sacraments, such as the holy eucharist and orders, simply confer grace; but there is one sacrament that is only a remedy against sin, and that is Matrimony! Sententiae in IV libris distinctae, d.
Hardly a positive spirituality for marriage or for lay persons having to live in a secular or even a religious society! Two other historical forces affected spirituality for lay persons. In the fourteenth century, theology became divorced from the living sources of scripture and sound patristic tradition, losing itself instead in endless subtle disputations. This drove those seeking nourishment for the life in the Spirit to split their consideration of spirituality from theology.
Although such a development might seem a harmless and even necessary development, a continuation of the type of theology favored in the monasteries, what it did in effect was to separate spirituality from many areas of theology that are absolutely essential to a full life in the Spirit. The new spiritual theology tended to stress the area of prayer, asceticism, mortification, practice of specific virtues, the laws of growth in holiness — all very good, but too often divorced from the great mysteries of faith on which true life in the Spirit must feed.
Thus the rich doctrines of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in trinitarian theology and in their missions and indwelling were not examined so thoroughly as they should have been, nor were they integrated into spiritual life. Christ, His grace and His Headship, as well as a sound theology of His saving work, frequently failed to be examined carefully in themselves and therefore lacked a beneficial and corrective influence on uncritically assumed tenets and practices in spirituality.
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Again, sacraments and liturgy were neglected as important elements of life in the Spirit. In the area of grace, one could find elements of practical Pelagianism or semi-Pelagianism, that is, that the human person starts things off in the spiritual life and calls on God for help only when the going gets difficult.
This trend opposes the isolation of spiritual theology from the important theological themes that should help it. Theology once again is feeding more deeply on scripture and the great saintly theologians of the past and is more concerned with the life of the Christian in the Spirit. Some working in spirituality are insisting that any spiritual guidance must include attention to the whole theological dimension and, beyond that, attention to the sociological, psychological, and cultural elements that operate in the present and in any spiritual writer of the past who is studied and used.
Spirituality is seen as embracing the life of the whole person. Social life — life in the family, at work, in recreation, in society as a whole — is viewed as integral to spiritual life. This is as much a part of the life of the Spirit in a Christian as is her or his personal devotion and the elements that go into this. The two cannot be separated; they were not so separated by Thomas Aquinas, and in this he teaches us important lessons.
The second historical force is one that I consider perhaps the most basic to my topic. It is the growing recognition of the intrinsic value and worth of the natural created order. This recognition began in the twelfth century and took on new vigor in the thirteenth century, especially in Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas, and has grown ever since. The result was that the realm of nature, and with it the role of the secular, began to be asserted more strongly. The autonomy of the natural, the independence of the secular in relation to the sacred and in particular to the Church became one of the major foci of western cultural history as well as, of course, an area of political and economic conflict.
As this long struggle continued, and as an ever-increasing growth of marvelous achievements took place in the created order and in secular humanism, the necessary distinction between the sacred and the secular tended to become more and more a separation and even an opposition. Hence there grew a constantly greater hostility and isolation of the Church from the secular realm.
The Augustinian line that flourished in most of western Christian spirituality, except for the Thomist line, viewed nature and creation as so wounded by original sin that it is full of vanity and has worth only if it is healed by the grace that comes through Christ and His Church. In this line of thought, created reality tends towards nothingness. God must be there with grace continually to keep creation from fading into the nothingness of sin.
Of course, not all creation is evil, but its function as a good is to arouse our minds to think of God and stimulate our hearts to praise God. The political and social orders are to serve God; this often was taken to mean that they should serve the Church. Such a spirituality could provide little help for the lay person intensely involved in the secular sphere. It called such lay persons to condemn much of the very area where they had to work out their lives. My most intimate and most unshakable conviction — too bad for orthodoxy if it is heretical — is that, whatever so many spiritual and learned men may have said, God in no way wants to be loved by us in opposition to the creature, but wants to be glorified through the creature and starting from the creature.
That is why I cannot bear so many spiritual writings. That God, who is set up against all that is created and who is in some way jealous of his own handiwork, is but an idol in my eyes. It is a relief for me to have written this. And I declare that until I retract this I shall be insincere whenever I seem to state anything contrary to what I have just written.
Bultot, Marcel wondered about the orthodoxy of his view. It is too bad that he did not know Albert the Great and Thomas Aquinas better because he would have found exactly his own viewpoint in them. To be sure, they did not neglect sin and the disorder it has introduced into human affairs and into human persons throughout history, but their major contribution was to accept nature and, so to speak, give nature its due.
Although they did not work out all the implications of their positions, their attitudes and doctrines prepared the way for a spirituality that is appropriate to lay people living and working in secular society.