In answering this question, Hutcheson avails himself of the scholastic distinction between " material " and " formal " goodness.
Confesses, in his correspondence with Azurara, that the sword avails nothing without the pen.
Just as whatsoever stars there be, their radiance avails not the sixteenth part of the radiance of the moon.
Jerome, like Gregory, insists on the point that residence in Jerusalem has in itself no religious value: it is not locality, but character, that avails, and the gates of Heaven are as open in Britain as in Jerusalem (Ep. 58, 3).
But as Paul wrote: ` Even if I give my body up to be burned and have not charity, it avails me naught.'