Of Charity, Considered in Itself
In proper sequence, we must consider charity; and
- charity itself;
- the corresponding gift of wisdom. The first consideration will be fivefold:
- Charity itself;
- The object of charity;
- Its acts;
- The opposite vices;
- The precepts relating thereto.
The first of these considerations will be twofold:
- Charity, considered as regards itself;
- Charity, considered in its relation to its subject. Under the first head there are eight points of inquiry:
- Whether charity is friendship?
- Whether it is something created in the soul?
- Whether it is a virtue?
- Whether it is a special virtue?
- Whether it is one virtue?
- Whether it is the greatest of the virtues?
- Whether any true virtue is possible without it?
- Whether it is the form of the virtues?