18 November 2006

Justice and Mercy

Justice and mercy must be held in a delicate balance.

Emphasis on mercy to the exclusion of justice is ultimately indistinguishable from enabling.

Emphasis on justice to the exclusion of mercy is ultimately indistinguishable from abusiveness.

They do not begin there - but taken alone, either one followed as a sovereign good without any tempering from the other, they cannot do otherwise than end there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mercy, detached from Justice, grows unmerciful.
--C.S. Lewis
from “The Humanitarian Theory of Punishment”, see http://www.angelfire.com/pro/lewiscs/humanitarian.html

01 January, 2008 13:19  

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