L.I.V.E. – Virtue is “Easy”
With Dr. Samantha L. Miller
February 3, 2023
Fourth-century bishop John Chrysostom frequently tells his congregants that virtue is easy, so they should just be virtuous. He means it, too. For Chrysostom, virtue is simply a matter of choice. We are free and able to make choices about our actions, and therefore we are responsible for our actions. Come explore how our freedom to choose makes us responsible and how we can think of virtue as simply a matter of choice in each moment. Together we will decide if this breaking down into smaller moments actually makes virtue easy and is a helpful way to think or if Chrysostom needed a reality check.
St. Gertrude’s L.I.V.E. (Living In a Virtual Environment) offers online programs to further opportunities for prayer, learning, community, and spiritual growth from a Benedictine perspective. We look forward to bringing St. Gertrude’s to you, wherever you are.
Samantha L. Miller, (Ph.D., Marquette University) is an assistant professor of theology at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington. Her most recent books are John Chrysostom and African Charismatic Theology in Conversation: Salvation, Deliverance, and the Prosperity Gospel (Lexington Press) and Chrysostom’s Devil: Demons, the Will, and Virtue in Patristic Soteriology (IVP Academic). Her research interests are early church history and spirituality, and her human interests are canoeing, hiking, and everything outdoors.
Learn more about Dr. Samantha L. Miller