Passion and Compassion in Early Christianity Hardback

by Susan Wessel

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Passion and Compassion in Early Christianity

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This book examines how the early Christian elite articulated and cultivated the affective dimensions of compassion in a Roman world that promoted emotional tranquillity as the path to human flourishing. Drawing upon a wide range of early Christians from both east and west, Wessel situates each author in the broader cultural and intellectual context. The reader is introduced to the diverse conditions in which Christians felt and were urged to feel compassion in exemplary ways, and in which warnings were sounded against the possibilities for distortion and exploitation. Wessel argues that the early Christians developed literary methods and rhetorical techniques to bring about appropriate emotional responses to human suffering. Their success in this regard marks the beginning of affective compassion as a Christian virtue. Comparison with early modern and contemporary philosophers and ethicists further demonstrates the intrinsic worth of the early Christian understanding of compassion.

Passion and Compassion in Early Christianity by Susan Wessel was published by Cambridge University Press in March 2016. The ISBN for Passion and Compassion in Early Christianity is 9781107125100.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 2016)
Number of Pages360
Thickness17 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4374802
Page last updated 1st October 2018
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