On Knowledge & Mercy

Sebastian Castellio

By: Sebastian Castellio

This is certain that the better a man knows the truth, the less is he inclined to condemn, as appears in the case of Christ and the apostles. But he who lightly condemns others shows thereby that he knows nothing precisely, because he cannot bear others, for to know is to know how to put into practice. He who does not know how to act mercifully and kindly does not know the nature of mercy and kindness, just as he who cannot blush does not know the nature of shame.

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2 Responses to “On Knowledge & Mercy”


  1. 1 sebastian March 27, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    You really deserve more viewers, more visitors!
    Even for those that aren’t religious this is a good, philosophical entry. (but most of them are so)
    Thank you, and don’t give up on your blog! 🙂

  2. 2 Mary March 27, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Sebastian, that is so sweet. Thank you so much! God bless you!


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