Saturday, December 27, 2008

Virtue by magnitude of cruelty

Cyprian (200-258) wrote:

"The world is soaked with mutual blood. When individuals commit homicide, it is a crime; it is called a virtue when it is done in the name of the state. Impunity is acquired for crimes not by reason of innocence but by the magnitude of the cruelty." (To Donatus, chapter 6)

4 comments:

Seumas Macdonald said...

Where are you pulling all these patristic quotes from? I'm loving them.

Steven Kippel said...

They can be found in "A Dictionary of Early Christian Beliefs." I found these specific quotes at http://www.jesusmanifesto.com/2008/12/11/early-christian-voices-on-war-and-peace/

Steven Kippel said...

Can also find them here http://incommunion.org/articles/introduction/quotations

Seumas Macdonald said...

Thanks