Reading: III. Selection 6 Christianity: Matthew, I Corinthians (Beatitudes, Christian Love) 1. Thesis: In the selections from Matthew and Corinthians, there is a shared message of charity and enduring the persecutions of others. These are the essential virtues for living a happy life. 2. Terms: A) Jesus Christ: He was chiefly recognized by the Christian world as the Messiah. In Matthew chapter 5, he delivers the message of compassion. B) Paul: Paul is a follower of Christ and known for his famous transformation from being an infamous persecutor of all Christians to being a very active supporter and follower of Christ. C) Charity: Charity is described as patience, kindness and being without pride 2. Propositions A) Jesus, in the selection from Matthew, makes the explicit proposition that those who suffer persecution, and do so in the name of justice will be blessed. B) Paul, in the selection from Corinthians, proclaims that we are nothing without charity, for it is the greatest of all the virtues. Argument for Proposition A: By suffering the unrighteous persecutions of others for righteous reasons, it is deemed as a respectable act and for doing so, he who suffers will be rewarded in heaven. For this act promotes righteousness and does so in a very charitable way. Argument for Proposition B: Among the many and great virtues, charity is claimed to be the most essential, because it delights in the truth of things and is not done for the good one’s self, but for the good of others.