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Is the virtue of faith in your character?

Faith is a virtue characterised by the double disposition of reliance and reliability. Reliance has to do with faith in; reliability means faith towards. The two are connected, as faith in someone or something often serves as the grounds of faithfulness (e.g. to God, spouse, a friend or a cause).

Faith includes loyalty to another person and is an irreplaceable mark of friendship. It also includes the disposition to believe in reliable sources and the choice to act on the basis of those beliefs. Faith finds its synonyms in trust, trustworthiness and obedience and it is surely one of the main themes in the life of Israel in the Old Testament. Faith is a virtue that can be difficult to navigate, as we are often called to be faithful to those we may not like.

Does this describe you? If so, well done, you are a faithful person.

The opposing vices

Faith can place us in conundrums of conflicting loyalties, and it regularly requires the exercise of prudence as we seek the mean between the excesses of ingenuity, over-reliance, fanaticism and partisanship and the deficiencies of betrayal, distrust, cynicism and anarchy.

Do any of these describe you?  If they do, and if your score in the Virtue Test was low in this virtue, then you may want to choose to work on the virtue of faith in your character.



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