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On Compassion, Healing, Suffering, and the Purpose of the Emotional Life, Paperback / softback Book

On Compassion, Healing, Suffering, and the Purpose of the Emotional Life Paperback / softback

Part of the Reading Augustine series

Paperback / softback


Reading Augustine presents concise, personal readings of St.

Augustine of Hippo from leading philosophers and religion scholars. Augustine of Hippo knew that this fallen world is a place of sadness and suffering. In such a world, he determined that compassion is the most suitable and virtuous response.

Its transformative powers could be accessed through the mind and its memories, through the healing of the Incarnation, and through the discernment of Christians who are forced to navigate through a corrupt and deceptive world. Susan Wessel considers Augustine's theology of compassion by examining his personal experience of loss and his reflections concerning individual and corporate suffering in the context of the human condition and salvation.


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