The Porch and the Cross: Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Modern by Kevin Vost

By Kevin Vost

Despite their occasionally ambiguous suggestions of God, the Roman Stoic philosophers did recognize Him, yet at the foundation of cause by myself, simply because that they had no longer met Christ. still, they did deduce from God's life our have to stay lives of advantage, honor, tranquility, and self-control--and they built potent thoughts to aid us do so. Musonius Rufus the instructor, Epictetus the slave, Seneca the adviser to emperors, and Marcus Aurelius, the emperor himself, produced a realistic expertise we will be able to use to combine Christian ethics into our personal day-by-day perform. As Kevin Vost so splendidly illustrates in his new booklet, The Porch and the Cross, the Stoics may also help us learn--and remember--what is as much as us, and what's as much as God alone.

In medieval instances, Christian priests copied the Stoics' handbooks, and scholastic theologians mined their works for gemstones of usual ethical knowledge. within the Nineteen Sixties, cognitive psychotherapists became to the Stoics to find the way to overcome melancholy and nervousness. and there's nonetheless this day a lot that Christians can study from those "teachers at the porch" of antiquity.

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2 JARED ZIMMERER * This preface also appears in Shane Kapler’s The Epistle to the Hebrews and the Seven Core Beliefs of Catholics. 1. Fides et Ratio (italics added). 2. Fides et Ratio, 107. ” St. Albert the Great 1 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they have not the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts.

Contrary to the common Greco-Roman wisdom of his day, Musonius answers our fourth question with another yes. Trainers of dogs and horses don’t make distinctions in their training of males and females for the tasks they are to do, and neither should educators make distinctions in training human boys and girls in their main task of life, the acquisition of virtues. There are not separate sets of virtues for men and for women. Both must be sensible and just. Eating or drinking too much from a lack of self-control will be as shameful in a woman as it is in a man.

2. As one of the poet Homer’s favorite expressions would have it. 3. Small world that it is, we’ll come across Epaphroditus again in Part II, since it was he who had owned a bright young slave and sent him to study with Musonius before he set him free. The slave’s name was Epictetus. 4. As we will see in the chapters ahead, other prominent Stoics, like Seneca and Marcus Aurelius, were also no fans of the gladiatorial games. 5. Sophrosyne, andreia, phronesis, and diakaiosyne in the Greek. 6. 29–32, as translated in King, 2011.

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