Chapter

Conclusion

Ronald K. Rittgers

in The Reformation of Suffering

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199795086
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950171 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199795086.003.0011

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

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The conclusion provides a summary of the analysis and argument and then briefly explores one possible long-term legacy of the Protestant reformation of suffering for the Western church and Western civilization: the suppression of lament as a way of coping with adversity. The conclusion explores the reasons for this suppression and speculates that its overall effect on Western Christianity has been to harm the religion’s plausibility. The conclusion ends with a few remarks on the relationship between the sources and actual divine consolation, arguing that the historian cannot observe such consolation but also should not deny its possibility.

Keywords: lament; suffering; consolation; divine consolation; Western civilization

Chapter.  2843 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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