Friday, January 03, 2014

Mercy is a defect

In contrast, in the pagan world, and especially among the philosophers, mercy was regarded as a character defect and pity as a pathological emotion: because mercy involves providing unearned help or relief, it is contrary to justice.— The Triumph of Christianity, page 112

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Doesn't sound much different than some of the rhetoric we're hearing today, does it? How the mighty have fallen...
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