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“God’s glory is the revelation of His character and presence…The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character...The foundation of human knowledge is the character of God as Creator.” (Life Application Study Bible, John 17:10, Hebrews 11:1, James Sire)

“Submerged as we are in a society that values fairness over justice, consuming over creating, fame over accomplishment, glamour over character, image over holiness, and entertainment over discernment, we need a blueprint for what life is meant to be…In His full humanity, Jesus showed us everything about God’s character that can be conveyed in human terms…When we committed to following Christ, we also committed to living our lives so that the world would catch a glimpse of God’s character.” (David Kinnaman, Life Application Study Bible, Philippians 2:5-7, Richard Stearns)

“Virtue is the “power” of a person to do the right thing in a given circumstance. That power is rooted in “character,” the formation of the personality such that its habits tend towards doing the right thing.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Chrysostom discussed marriage and family more than any other patristic writer. Although his thought belongs to antiquity, his wisdom about the role of parents in their children’s lives is surprisingly relevant for today. For example, when he chastises parents for their obsession with the worldly success of their children at the price of neglecting the moral formation of their character, Chrysostom speaks to us.” (Vigen Guroian)

“It seems today that the importance of character is largely diminished or forgotten in the public square. Education seems more about credentialing than education that helps form a person. We vacillate between the extremes of trying to make sweeping changes to large parts of society as a whole, which fosters more and more tribalism and division; or championing individual rights to the extreme with little to no thought or concern of how other persons and the surrounding community are affected negatively. Christ showed us how to value the person, to change hearts of persons, and to make men and women of character from all kinds of diverse backgrounds and sinful behaviors. The result of these changed hearts that became filled with His love literally changed persons, societies, the world for the better.” (Sacramental Living Ministries)

“God reminds us in different ways of His presence. We, however, quickly forget about it, especially when things are going well for us. We forget that we are here for a short time only, and we think that we will be around forever, but when misfortune strikes, we cry, “Lord have mercy!” This is why we should try hard to change our character for the better…That is why we must strive to improve our character while we are still in this life—we will pass into eternity with this very same character.” (Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica)

“Growing the soul is not at all an obvious thing…The soul is ever so much more about who we are, and the character of who we are than what we are and what we know.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Mere instruction in morality is not sufficient to nurture the virtues. It might even backfire, especially when the presentation is heavily exhortative and the pupil’s will is coerced. Instead, a compelling vision of the goodness of goodness itself needs to be presented in a way that is attractive and stirs the imagination. A good moral education addresses both the cognitive and affective dimensions of human nature. Stories are an irreplaceable medium for this kind of moral education—that is, the education of character.” (Vigen Guroian)

“Godliness is more than Christian character: It is Christian character that springs from a devotion to God. But it is also true that devotion to God always results in godly character…God wants His character and likeness to be reflected in your life." (Jerry Bridges, Colin Smith)

“...all parts of our lives and character should be in the process of becoming conformed, both inwardly and outwardly, to God’s standards....the revelation of the character and the person of God is the criterion for proper self-evaluat