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Satisfying Our Eager Longing

Joel James Shuman and Keith G. Meador

in Heal Thyself

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780195154696
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199784714 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019515469X.003.0006
 Satisfying Our Eager Longing

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The proper Christian response to sickness and suffering is care. Care refers to politics of the Christian community with respect to sickness and suffering, in that it encompasses the entire range of obligations the community has toward the sick person and vice‐versa. God has called women and men into a community of friends who are to offer hospitality to one another and to the world as a sign of God's care for the world. Such care requires the cultivation of virtue, especially the virtue of misericordia.

Keywords: care; community; hospitality; misericordia; politics; sickness; suffering; virtue

Chapter.  9329 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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