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In this section we will review what the various commentators have to say about Virtue/arete/ἀρετή, the second character quality of the Second Peter sequence.  You may notice that their views tend to cluster into two general camps.  The Soldier Prototype, which I prefer, is the first of these styles of understanding Virtue/arete/ἀρετή.  This style is often associated with the work of Homer (circa 800 BC).  It sees arete as typified by the heroes of the wars, whose characteristics tend to be seen as:  powerful, bold, energetic, courageous, and active.

 

The second approach to understanding arete tends to focus on 'Virtue' with a broader diversity of expression.  This view was central to the Greek philosophical schools of Socrates and Plato (circa 600 BC).  This view tends to be favored by many contemporary commentators.

 

We end by reviewing the work by Bauernfeind, found in Kittle, and summarize the rationale for my decision to favor the 'soldierly prototype' when discussing Arete in Christian Spiritual Development.

 

 

Note that my reactions or clarifications to what these commentators have to say are [bracketed] and most are found below each comment and are indented, so as to identify them as my reactions and not those of the listed Commentators.

 

 

 

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14 December, 2023