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July 11, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Aristotle Quotes on Friendship and Virtue

Friendship . . .is a virtue and is besides most necessary with a view to living. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.


Moreover, friendship would seem to hold cities together, and legislators would seem to be more concerned about it than about justice. For concord would seem to be similar to friendship and they aim at concord among all, while they try above all to expel civil conflict, which is enmity.

Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics, Book VIII)

Friendship is perhaps the highest summit of the moral life. in which virtue and happiness are united. Friendship is a worthy outlet for the talents and energies of great-souled people. Friendship likewise completes and goes beyond justice. The goodness shown in noble friendships seems higher than justice because it is entirely dependent upon one’s own character and choice and is not defined or compelled by law. Acts of friendship seem both more truly generous and more conducive to one’s own happiness than acts done strictly because they are moral. Acting for the sake of what is good means having primary regard for one’s own virtue and the good of one’s own soul, whereas acting for a friend seems to be self-forgetting. And spontaneous acts of friendship tend to be more pleasant than impersonal acts of virtue for the doer as well as for the recipient.

Lorraine S. Pangle, Aristotle and the Philosophy of Friendship, p. 7.

Good relationships, and especially friendships based on admiration of the good qualities of one’s friend bring the best out in people.

Gerard Hughes, Aristotle on Ethics, p. 176

June 22, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

CS Lewis Quotes on the Doctrine of Hell and the Afterlife

“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell.”

In the long run the answer to all those who object to the doctrine of hell is itself a question: “What are you asking God to do?” To wipe out their past sins and, at all costs, to give them a fresh start, smoothing every difficulty and offering every miraculous help? But he has done so, on Calvary. To forgive them? They will not be forgiven. To leave them alone? Alas, I am afraid that is what he does.

“To enter Hell is to be banished from humanity. What is cast (or casts itself) into Hell is not a man: it is ‘remains’..”

What is cast (or casts itself) into hell is not a man: it is ‘remains’. To be a complete man means to have the passions obedient to the will and the will offered to God: to have been a man…would presumably mean to consist of a will utterly centred in its self and passions utterly uncontrolled by the will.”

For more, I suggest reading here.

June 18, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Kyle Maynard’s Insightful Words on Disability

“I know there are many people who, whether they admit it or not, view disabled people as inferior. We are “broken” in their eyes–we are of no use, no value. And we are just running out the string on life. But I believe that we are all disabled in one way or another–including disabilities of character and personality. My disability just happens to be more visual than some”

–Kyle Maynard

June 10, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Articles on the problem of evil and suffering–A Bibliography

The Problem of Evil and Suffering Article Bibliography

Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering by Lee Strobel (link)

The Problem of Evil by William Lane Craig (link)

The Problem of Evil by Peter Kreeft (link)

The Problem of Evil from Strange Notions (link)

Walking with God through Pain and Suffering Quotes from Tim Keller (link)

The Problem of Pain and Suffering by Jay Warner Wallace at Cold Case Christianity (link)

God and The Problem of Evil by Dallas Willard (link)

The Strength of God and the Problem of Evil from Stand to Reason (link)

The Problem of Suffering and Evil at Focus on the Family (link)

Problem of Evil at the Be Thinking website (link)

CS Lewis and the Problem of Evil and Suffering by Randy Alcorn (link)

CS Lewis on Problem of Pain, Evil, and Suffering by Justin Lascowski (link)

If God then Why Suffering?  by Vince Vitale (link)

36 Purposes of God in Suffering (link)

May 31, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Spiritual Calling and Christian Strengths and Bibliography

  • Quarterlife Calling: Pursuing Your God Given Purpose In Your Twenties by Paul Sohn
  • Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath
  • Discover Your Spiritual Gifts by Peter Wegner
  • What Color Is Your Parachute?  by Richard Bolles (published annually)
  • Life Your Calling: A Practical Guide to Finding and Fulfilling Your Mission In Life by Keven Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck
  • 210 Project by Marc Key, Don Ankenbrandt, and Frank Johnson
  • Shape, by Erik Rees

(From Quarterlife Calling, p. 105 to 106)

  • Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation, by Parker Palmer
  • The Call: Finding and Fulfilling the Central Purpose of Your Life by Os Guinness
  • How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Vicktor Frankl
May 31, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Raymond Tallis’ Critique of Neuro-scientific Reductionism

Failure to understand ourselves as more than just material or more than just our brains corrupts thinking and results in dehumanization:

The failure to distinguish consciousness from neural activity corrodes our self-understanding in two significant ways. If we are just our brains, and our brains are just evolved organs designed to optimize our odds of survival — or, more precisely, to maximize the replicative potential of the genetic material for which we are the vehicle — then we are merely beasts like any other, equally beholden as apes and centipedes to biological drives. Similarly, if we are just our brains, and our brains are just material objects, then we, and our lives, are merely way stations in the great causal net that is the universe, stretching from the Big Bang to the Big Crunch.

Most of those who subscribe to such “neuroevolutionary” accounts of humanity don’t recognize these consequences. Or, if they do recognize them, then they don’t subscribe to these accounts sincerely. When John Gray appeals, in his 2002 book Straw Dogs, to a belief that human beings are merely animals and so “human life has no more meaning than the life of slime mold,” he doesn’t really believe that the life of John Gray, erstwhile School Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics, has no more meaning than that of a slime mold — else why would he have aspired to the life of a distinguished professor rather than something closer to that of a slime mold?

Wrong ideas about what human beings are and how we work, especially if they are endlessly repeated, keep us from thinking about ourselves in ways that may genuinely advance our self-understanding.

May 24, 2017 / compassioninpolitics

Christian, Biblical, and Small Group Coaching Questions from Tim Keller