Blomberg, Douglas Gordon. “The Formation of Character: Spirituality Seeking Justice.” In Spirituality, Justice and Pedagogy, pp. 91-110. Eds. John Shortt Smith & John Sullivan. Nottingham, UK: The Stapleford Centre, 2006.
One’s perspective on humanness is a crucial determinant of one’s view of education. A Christian virtue ethics, honouring the creational, communal context in which the virtues develop, supports a conception of educational purposes as the getting of wisdom. Spirituality goes “all the way down,” to our fundamental choices concerning whom or what we will serve. Justice is a primary spiritual value; because full flourishing consists in persons standing in right relationships with God and all that God has made, the formation of virtuous character requires spirituality that seeks after justice.