“[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be laid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments.” –Benjamin Rush, On the Mode of Education Proper in a Republic, 1806
What is virtue anyway? It is living our lives as Christ would have us live, respecting each other, loving each other and working together to bring a knowledge of the Love of God to those who are unaware of that love in their own lives. Virtue is not being a perfect person, only Christ was perfect, never succumbing to temptation, never sinning. Virtue is realizing that we are not perfect, but we are striving toward becoming perfect, because we work at being loving people, which is what God is toward us. While we were still living in sin, enemies of his, he came and died for us. That is true love, that is the example for us to live up to.