The Public Interest

Statesmen wanted

Adam Wolfson

Spring 2000

THE philosopher Karl L6with once pointed out that there can be no such thing as a “Christian gentleman.” What he meant was that the adjective and noun in question describe two very different ideal types. The Christian is perhaps more familiar to us: His virtues are those of self-surrender, humility, charity, hope, and faith. These are, as L6with noted, “not natural and reasonable virtues of a golden mean but radical virtues of grace.” They are the virtues of a follower of Christ. 

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