Grace and Despair

Roger S. Gottlieb

in Spirituality

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199738748
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979349 | DOI:
Grace and Despair

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This chapter describes the interaction of grace, which is an unexpected sense of peacefulness and plenitude; and despair, which is a natural and rational response to the way the world is. A suggestion is offered that despite all the cruelties and losses we have suffered and inflicted, we can still take comfort, and even joy, in the fact “that it ever existed at all.”

Keywords: suffering; joy; grace; acceptance; peace

Chapter.  1447 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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