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Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion / Edition 1
     

Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion / Edition 1

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by Peter Kreeft, Russell Kirk
 

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ISBN-10: 0898704227

ISBN-13: 9780898704228

Pub. Date: 10/28/1992

Publisher: Ignatius Press

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

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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 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.

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ISBN-13:
9780898704228
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Pages:
195
Sales rank:
323,808
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x (d)

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Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JohnNJ More than 1 year ago
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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Deaconml More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is both orderly and insightful. All courses in Ethics should use this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.