Morality

“It has sometimes been asked whether God commands certain things because they are right, or whether certain things are right because God commands them…I empathically embrace the first alternative. The second might lead to the abominable conclusion that charity is good only because God arbitrarily commanded it — that He might equally well have commanded us to hate Him and one another and that hatred would then have been right. I believe, on the contrary, that ‘they err who think that of the will of God to do this or that there is no reason besides His will.'”

CS Lewis  |  The Problem of Pain

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“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Moral creativity does not mean making up new morals. God’s law is God’s law. Rather, moral creativity has to do with the kind of creativity needed in order to be moral. It has to do with the kind of creativity needed to break bad habits. Or the kind needed to breathe life back into broken relationships. Or the kind needed to unbalance cycles of anger or violence. Or the kind needed to see past prejudices. Or the kind needed to be something more.

Adam S. Miller  |  Moral Creativity

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“All the human beings that history has heard of acknowledge some kind of morality; that is, they feel towards certain proposed actions the experiences expressed by the words ‘I ought’ or ‘I ought not’…Morality is a jump; in it, man goes beyond anything that can be ‘given’ in the facts of experience.”

CS Lewis  |  The Problem of Pain

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“It is a mistake to think that some of our impulses – say motherly love or patriotism – are good, and others, like sex or fighting instinct, are bad. All we mean is that the occasions on which fighting instinct or sexual desire need to be restrained are rather more frequent than those for restraining motherly love or patriotism.”

CS Lewis  |  Mere Christianity

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“All killing is not murder any more than all sexual intercourse is adultery.”

CS Lewis  |  Mere Christianity

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“Courage is not just one of the virtues, it is the form of every virtue at the testing place.”

CS Lewis  |  The Screwtape Letters

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

Helen Keller

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“Let us never lose sight of the fact that education is a preparation for life — and that preparing for life is far more than knowing how to make a living or how to land on the moon. Preparing for life means building personal integrity, developing a sound sense of values, increasing the capacity and willingness to serve. Education must have its roots in moral principles. If we lose sight of that fact in our attempt to match our educational system against that of the materialists, we shall have lost far more than we could possibly gain.”

Ezra Taft Benson  |  Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 297

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“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

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