Courage: G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, and Doug Wilson

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Quotes from Writers to Read: Nine Names That Belong on Your Bookshelf by Doug Wilson.

“C.S. Lewis pointed out somewhere that courage is not a separate virtue but is rather the testing point of all virtues: ‘Sometimes standing against evil is more important than defeating it. The greatest heroes stand because it is right to do so, not because they believe they will walk away with their lives.’ In novels with cartoon virtue, courage is simple and scarcely even necessary. In novels with no virtue, there is no point—everything is gritty and gray. In novels that do what stories like this ought to do, you keep going when you don’t think you can, like Shasta running. You are afraid, and you do the right thing anyway. Utter fearlessness is not human courage. Complete despair comes to those who are abandoning what it means to be created in the image of God. Courage is the only alternative.”

“Chesterton says somewhere that stories about dragons and knights do not teach children to fear dragons. They had dragons under the bed already. They had the fear already. The stories actually teach children that dragons can be killed.”

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