The Character Gap

The Character Gap: How Good Are We?


Why does it matter if we have a good character?

What does “character” even mean in the first place? 

And what does our character look today?

Are we doing a pretty good job at being good people? Or bad people? Or something in-between?

Most important of all, what can we do to try to become better, to become really virtuous?

The Character Gap tackles these and other important questions in an accessible style aimed at a general audience. It is available for purchase here.

“Dietrich Bonhoeffer taught us that nothing that we despise in the other is entirely absent from ourselves. Christian Miller teaches us that the road to virtue lies in humility about our own virtue and an acceptance that others are struggling with their flaws. This is a very valuable book at a moment when our society could use a dose of openness and a sense of forgiveness.”
— E. J. Dionne Jr., Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture, Georgetown University

“The topic of character is both timeless and timely. In this especially lucid and personal narrative, Christian Miller guides the interested reader through the modern science of character, with special emphasis on its moral aspects, and with helpful and practical recommendations for its development.”
— Angela Duckworth, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and author of Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

“Christian Miller cautions that this is not a self-help book. Don’t believe him. Of course, it is not a set of tips and tricks to magically become a better person. But if honest, realistic self-knowledge and clear-eyed empathy are crucial for the moral life, then this book will help. Anyone serious about traveling the road to character should bring this book on the journey.”
— James K. A. Smith, professor of philosophy, Calvin College, and author of You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit

“This is a book full of insight, informed by research and written by someone with a profound understanding of character. It is a must read for anyone looking for a fresh presentation of its importance in human life.”
— James Arthur, Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham

“In The Character Gap, Mr. Miller provides a clear and valuable summary of the research on character and argues persuasively that character is built, not given.”
The Wall Street Journal

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