Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion [NOOK Book]

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We have reduced all virtues to one: being nice. And, we measure Jesus by our standard instead of measuring our standard by Him. For the Christian, explains author Peter Kreeft, being virtuous is not a means to the end of pleasure, comfort and happiness. Virtue, he reminds us, is a word that means "manly strength." But how do we know when we are being meek--or just cowardly? When is our anger righteous--and when is it a sin? What is the difference between being virtuous--and merely ethical? Back to Virtue clears ...
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Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion

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Overview


We have reduced all virtues to one: being nice. And, we measure Jesus by our standard instead of measuring our standard by Him. For the Christian, explains author Peter Kreeft, being virtuous is not a means to the end of pleasure, comfort and happiness. Virtue, he reminds us, is a word that means "manly strength." But how do we know when we are being meek--or just cowardly? When is our anger righteous--and when is it a sin? What is the difference between being virtuous--and merely ethical? Back to Virtue clears up these and countless other questions that beset Christians today. Kreeft not only summarizes scriptural and theological wisdom on leading a holy life, he contrasts Christian virtue with other ethical systems. He applies traditional moral theology to present-day dilemmas such as abortion and nuclear armament. Kreeft restores to us what was once common knowledge: the Seven Deadly Sins have an antidote in the Beatitudes. By setting up a close contrast between the two sets of behaviors, Kreeft offers proven guidance in the often bewildering process of discerning right from wrong as we move into the questionable mores of the twenty-first century. He provides a road map of virtue, a map for our earthly pilgrimage synthesized from the accumulated wisdom of centuries of Christians, from Paul and the early Church Fathers through C.S. Lewis.

Kreeft issues a clear call to all Christians to get back to their active pursuit of real virtue in their daily lives. This in-depth analysis of the meaning of the virtues and their connection with the Beatitudes also summarizes a scriptural and theological wisdom on leading a holy lie. Includes the accumulated wisdom of St. Paul, C.S. Lewis, and many others.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000727027
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 294,263
  • File size: 517 KB

Table of Contents

Foreword
Russell Kirk 9
Introduction: Is Virtue out of date? 11
1 A Civilization at Risk: Whatever Became of Virtue? 19
2 Western Culture on the Couch: A Spiritual Psychoanalysis 37
3 Spiritual History 101: How Did We Get to the Edge? 47
4 Justice, Wisdom, Courage, and Moderation: The Four Cardinal Virtues 59
5 Faith, Hope, and Love: The Three Theological Virtues 71
6 The Beatitudes Confront the Seven Deadly Sins 79
7 Poor in Spirit vs. Proud in Heart 97
8 Giving Mercy vs. Getting Things (Avarice) 109
9 Blessed Mourning vs. Mourning at Others' Blessedness (Envy) 121
10 The Meek and the Peacemakers vs. the Anger-driven 133
11 Hungering for Righteousness vs. Satisfied with Sloth 153
12 Pure of Heart vs. Lustful of Heart 165
13 Courage under Persecution vs. Self-indulgence (Gluttony) 177
14 In Conclusion: The Winsomeness of Virtue 189
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  • Posted March 30, 2012

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    Timely

    I was exposed to Kreeft while ambling about the Boston College bookstore during a visit to see our daughter who was a student there. That book was sort of a lesson to parents, telling our children what is truly important. It had such simple prose, but such timeless truths that I fell in love with it. I read chapters from it every so often. I also became a fan of Kreeft, who is a philosophy professor at BC. This book speaks to an important need. The idea of restoring virtue is gaining traction as we see more and more amoral actions and activities. There are some who see virtuous life as a means to save the species. As with most scholarly philosophers there are times where a re read is needed to grasp the message, but overall the distillation of ideas is clear and the ideas ring with truth. Aspirations demand virtue in order to be worthy, this book reminds us of that

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2004

    Inspiring

    This book is both orderly and insightful. All courses in Ethics should use this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2000

    Fabulous!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It reminds all Chistians of our call to holiness through the practice of virtue. If you thought virtue was an old-fashioned word that you didn't really understand, Kreeft easily teaches you what it's all about. And the chapters contrasting the beatitudes to the seven deadly sins are the most understandable and revealing that I've read.

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  • Posted November 29, 2011

    Virtue..

    How many times have we forgotten what virtue is all about, this is a good book to help one remember with their faith what Virtue is and what it is not.

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