Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics
Character denotes the particular set of qualities, both natural and acquired, that serves to identify a person or community. These qualities are relatively stable and will be manifest as a consistency of act~ on that can be termed "integrity." Accordingly, in the context of Christian ethics, character names an established disposition (or set of dispositions) with respect to the particular conception of the . human good exemplified by Christ. Such character ts developed over time and, as such, can be formed either toward or away from virtues, understood as those intellectual and affective habits that enable the pursuit of excellence. Conceptually, then, attention to the notion of character accents the dynamic and intentional process of formation that shapes the predispositions of an individual's moral and intellectual terrain.
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Cox, D. Michael and Kallenberg, Brad, "Character" (2011). Religious Studies Faculty Publications. 60.