Morality is Not Enough: Why the Church Needs Virtue- Karen Swallow Prior
Morality refers to the difference between right and wrong, while virtue is choosing between competing goods. It is character that helps people to do the right thing in the right way. The emphasis in the church on morality over the last several decades, while necessary, has often come at the expense of virtue. The current moral crises in the church stem, in part from a lack of virtue, and it will require virtue to address these situations and to avoid falling into further error as we do so. The effectiveness of our witness in the world depends not only on the truth of our message, but on the character with which it is delivered and modeled.