Thursday, June 26, 2014

"City of God" XIV.8

Chapter 8:
There are philosophical divisions of the person into different faculties (emotions, will, reason, etc) with attending virtues--the Stoics especially develop these. While we may as Christians use these categories at times with some profit, we must not be terribly bound by them. What we must remember is that these are all defined (in terms of their value and morality) not in their own categories, but according to their use by the underlying human nature. Bad men, after all, can be joyful and sad--we therefore must not say that joy and sorrow are themselves good or bad.

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