By J. Daryl Charles
Virtue amidst Vice represents an try and probe a comparatively vague element of a comparatively vague New testomony record. 2 Peter displays a social surroundings that offers a so much daunting pastoral problem. the risk confronting the Christian group is a lapse in moral criteria and a return-whether by way of mere forgetfulness or in wholesale apostasy-to the previous lifestyle. 2 Peter's prophetic and paraenetic reaction borrows from the ethical grammar of up to date ethical philosophers in exhorting the readers to recall-and validate via virtuous living-the religion they've got obtained. The subject of the ethical existence runs all through 2 Peter, with some of the elements of the author's literary arsenal subordinated to this thematic improvement. it's the functionality of of virtues (1.5-7) either to introduce and to anchor the author's name to repel ethical scepticism and reinvigorate the ethical life.