Businessmen can be virtuous, BYU professor says at conference

Consider the new executive who chooses to eat the gray slop from the employee's cafeteria, and then implements better dietary standards companywide, or the busy CEO who takes time to provide water filters for each family in a small town affected by a chemical spill that may or may not be coming from his factory.

"Business people can have a mortal ministry that allows for the development of virtue," BYU professor Brad Agle said during a recent BYU conference about "Virtue and the Abundant Life." "They do it in the same way anyone else does it, in service to others. Business is about providing goods and services to one's brother and sisters on earth."

During the two-day conference, sponsored by the Wheatley Institution and BYU's School of Religious Education, speakers addressed various aspects of virtue, from developing honest and ethical business behaviors to extolling sexual purity and developing virtuous traits by participating in the arts.

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