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."
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.
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.