Lewis defined four virtues common to all people and reserved three as unique to the Christian: Faith, Hope, and Charity. How does Lewis define these ideas, and why are the unique (essential) to...

Lewis defined four virtues common to all people and reserved three as unique to the Christian: Faith, Hope, and Charity. How does Lewis define these ideas, and why are the unique (essential) to Christianity? Where do the ideas of Forgiveness and Humility fit?

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In Mere Christianity, Lewis says there are four cardinal virtues—these are ideas that have been identified and regarded by everyone regardless of religion or time. They are common to all people, in all places, in all times. The three Christian virtues are Faith, Hope, and Charity. These three “theological” virtues are not common to all people, places, or times but instead are fairly particular to Christianity and Christian society.

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Charity means "Love, in the Christian sense." But love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.

The charity that Lewis discusses is that same charity that is translated into “love” in most modern versions of the Bible. It is not a feeling, but instead a choice that people make. The choice is to put the needs of others above your own, to sacrifice and serve, to make a...

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