Meaning of theological virtues in English:

theological virtues

plural noun

  • The three virtues of faith, hope, and charity.

    Often contrasted with natural virtues

    ‘Tolkien depicts the natural virtues as perfected and fulfilled by the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.’
    • ‘John L. Frank said, ‘I remember Ernest once teaching us that the Christian virtue par excellence was not a theological virtue like faith, hope, or charity, nor was it a cardinal virtue like fortitude, temperance, justice, or prudence.’’
    • ‘He argues that faithful interpretation of texts ‘ultimately depends upon the theological virtues of faith, hope and love’.’
    • ‘Under the influence of the Judeo-Christian tradition as it enters the heart of the West, intellectual claims are tempered in yet a deeper way when they submit themselves to the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.’
    • ‘Using the Creed and the Lord's Prayer as his guides, Augustine discusses the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.’
    • ‘Together, the two verses include all of the theological virtues: hope, faith, and love (charity).’
    • ‘Faith, hope, and love are the Church's traditional theological virtues.’
    • ‘I've found that the best way of capturing the spirit of this theological tradition is by considering the three so-called theological virtues named by Paul in the famous passage about love in 1 Corinthians 13: faith, hope and love.’
    • ‘Hope is a theological virtue; despair is a mortal sin.’
    • ‘And they taught us the foundations of the spiritual life as well: the cardinal and the theological virtues.’
    • ‘Hope, that great theological virtue, urges us to a different stance, one aware of human sin and shortcoming, but aware also of our capacities for stewardship and decency and our openness to grace.’