Back to Virtue: Traditional Moral Wisdom for Modern Moral Confusion

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Ignatius Press, Nov 5, 2016 - 195 pages
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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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A great, easy-to-read overview of the seven deadly sins... and more important, their seven contrary virtues. Imminently practical and an easy read. Read full review

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Is Virtue out of date?
A Virtuous People
Whatever Became of Virtue?
A Spiritual Psychoanalysis
How Did We Get to the Edge?
Personal Virtue
The Four Cardinal Virtues
The Three Theological Virtues
Poor in Spirit vs Proud in Heart
Giving Mercy vs Getting Things Avarice
Blessed Mourning vs Mourning at Others Blessedness Envy 10 The Meek and the Peacemakers vs the Angerdriven
Hungering for Righteousness vs Satisfied with Sloth
Pure of Heart vs Lustful of Heart
Courage under Persecution vs Selfindulgence Gluttony
The Winsomeness of Virtue

The Beatitudes Confront the Seven Deadly Sins

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About the author (2016)

 Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, is one of the most widely read Christian authors of our time. His many bestselling books cover a vast array of topics in spirituality, theology, and philosophy. They include How to Be Holy, Practical Theology,Back to Virtue, Because God Is Real, You Can Understand the Bible, Angels and Demons, Heaven: The Heart's Deepest Longing, and A Summa of the Summa.

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