Definition of theological virtues in US English:

theological virtues

plural noun

  • The three virtues of faith, hope, and charity as defined by St. Paul.

    Often contrasted with cardinal virtue
    • ‘Tolkien depicts the natural virtues as perfected and fulfilled by the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity.’
    • ‘And they taught us the foundations of the spiritual life as well: the cardinal and the 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.’
    • ‘Using the Creed and the Lord's Prayer as his guides, Augustine discusses the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hope is a theological virtue; despair is a mortal sin.’
    • ‘He argues that faithful interpretation of texts ‘ultimately depends upon the theological virtues of faith, hope and love’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’