The St. Grigor Tatevatsi on mercifulness virtue
Keywords:Grigor Tatevatsi, Christian ethics, virtue, Christian humanity, mercifulness, Godlikeness, charity, social solidarity, the salvation of the soul
Although it seems that humanity has long rejected (at least on a theoretical level) the culture of organizing life on the principle of "human is the enemy to human", but at the present stage of civilization development in interpersonal, interethnic, and interstate relations, on the one hand, shows growing up hostility, hatred, cruelty, selfish intentions, and on the other hand-a tendency to reduce of applying the humanitarian values and moral virtues. The article analyzes the understandings of mercifulness virtue, which has core importance in the moral-philosophical doctrine of St. Grigor Tatevatsi (1346-1409). According to Tatevatsi, mercifulness is the "head and crown" of Christian virtues, the most God-pleasing deed coming out from human nature, a unique state of mind, which perfectly expresses the Christian attitude towards the world and human, the essential features of thinking and living Christian way, the existing connections and relationships between God and human, creatures and human, human and human which are based on love, kindness, compassion, altruism (seeing in others the image and likeness after God), social solidarity, voluntary clemency, selfless mutual help, and empathy.