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    “Classical philosophers regarded mercy and pity as pathological emotions-defects of the character to be avoided by all rational men. Since mercy involves providing unearned help or relief, it was contrary to justice. Therefore 'mercy indeed is not governed by reason at all,' and humans must learn 'to curb the impulse'; 'the cry of the undeserving for mercy' must go 'unanswered'...'Pity was a defect of character unworthy of the wise and excusable only in those who have not yet grown up. It was an impulsive response based on ignorance.'” Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity (Princeton: 1996), p. 212.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maritsa33 View Post
    “Classical philosophers regarded mercy and pity as pathological emotions-defects of the character to be avoided by all rational men. Since mercy involves providing unearned help or relief, it was contrary to justice. Therefore 'mercy indeed is not governed by reason at all,' and humans must learn 'to curb the impulse'; 'the cry of the undeserving for mercy' must go 'unanswered'...'Pity was a defect of character unworthy of the wise and excusable only in those who have not yet grown up. It was an impulsive response based on ignorance.'” Rodney Stark, The Rise of Christianity (Princeton: 1996), p. 212.
    The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
    It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
    'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
    The throned monarch better than his crown;
    His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
    The attribute to awe and majesty,
    Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
    But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
    It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
    It is an attribute to God himself;
    And earthly power doth then show likest God's
    When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
    Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
    That, in the course of justice, none of us
    Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
    And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
    The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
    To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
    Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
    Must needs give sentence 'gainst the merchant there.

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