Good and Evil: Two Quotes, Two Thousand Years

The first quote comes from one of my favorite thinkers, Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (simply called Boethius.) Boethius was a Roman philosopher and theologian who lived from 480 CE to 524 or 525 CE. He was imprisoned when Theodoric the Ostrogothic emperor suspected Boethius of aiding the Eastern Roman Empire against the Western Roman Empire. While imprisoned he wrote his most famous work: The Consolation of Philosophy. This is not just a mere philosophical work, it is a deeply theological work. Because of this and his eventual death at the hands of Theodoric, Boethius is venerated as a martyr and a saint in the Roman martyrology.

To give oneself to evil, therefore, is to lose one’s human nature. Just as virtue can raise a person above human nature, so vice lowers those whom it has seduced from the condition of men beneath human nature.

This next quote comes from an Orthodox priest whose blog is available here.

I think evil is always small, and that good is infinite. Evil closes itself to God and thus becomes even smaller; Good opens itself to God and thus becomes infinite. Evil cannot become so large as to fill even the universe. God became so small that He could fill Hell and then burst it asunder because it could not contain Him. Every good deed will have eternal remembrance, but even the largest deeds of the evil will be forgotten.

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~ by crossingthebosporus on June 26, 2012.

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