“Pride and Prejudice,” “Sense and Sensibility” just two of Jane Austin’s popular novels are popular “because of her eloquent portrayal of how politeness [kindness, gentleness] is tied to deeper morality. . . . In Austen, manners for bad people are only skin deep; for good people, they are expressions of inner values. . . Civility is a hallmark of Austen’s novels. . . In fact, morals and manners, depth and surface, are inseparable in any healthy society. . . . In Austen, good manners are also a conduit for learning about another person in a careful and deliberate way . .” –Paula Marantz Cohen, dean and English professor, Drexel University.
Austen would seem to be wonderfully close to how the Bible and Christians view this. These are core values of genuine Christian living. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other . . (Eph 4.32) . .”but the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control . . ” (Gal 5.22-23). (boldness marking is mine).
This is an important way God wants His values to permeate the culture.
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