The mystery of virture

Alan Jacobs, in his book Shaming the Devil – Essays in Truthtelling:

I want to suggest…that we (and I mean here especially we Christians) need to explore the mystery of virtue as well as the mystery of iniquity, to press our audiences to see the strangeness of goodness, the extraordinary unexpectedness of love and grace…

How does this kind of thing happen? I demand to know. Why is anyone good to anyone else? That we’re cruel to one another doesn’t surprise me in the least; I want an answer to the problem of goodness. Even if it takes a lifetime, or more, to figure it out.

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