Quote of Note #41: Love

The Goodness and Mercy of God in Pursuit
The Goodness and Mercy of God in Pursuit; photo by GAC

“If you ask twenty good men today what they thought the highest of virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness.  But if you asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love.  You see what has happened?  A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than a philosophical importance.  The negative ideal of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point.”

C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1965, page 1.


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