“The Good War”

Kreeft, Peter

Christianity Today, December 17, 1990

p. 31

“Our ancestors were better than we are at the ‘hard’ virtues, like courage and chastity. We are better at the ‘soft’ virtues like kindness and philanthropy. But you can no more specialize in Virtues than in anatomical organs. The virtues are like organs in a body; interdependent. Compassion without courage ceases under pressure, and compassion without justice is wasted. Justice without mercy becomes cruelty. Chastity without charity, coldness. The ‘hard’ Virtues are like the bones in a body, and the ‘soft’ Virtues are like tissues. Bones without tissues are a skeleton; tissues without bone, a jelly fish.”