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Douglas Kerr

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198123705

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198123705.001.0001

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Troublesome Voices

Troublesome Voices

(p.120) 9 Troublesome Voices
Wilfred Owen's Voices

Douglas Kerr

Oxford University Press

While at the Keswick convention, Wilfred Owen felt doubt and unsure about how Christian attitudes addressed instances of social misery. The doctrine of original sin was highlighted by Evangelical theology in such a way that encouraged suffering. Suffering was something that Evangelicals urged to be submitted to since this was viewed to be the unavoidable consequence of original sin. Susan Owen attempted to instill certain values in her son that involved how passive endurance should be utilized in dealing with unhappiness. One of the fundamental concepts that Owen learned throughout his experience as assistant was how particular things that could not be changed simply had to be endured.

Keywords:   Keswick convention, Christian attitudes, social misery, Evangelical theology, Evangelicals, original sin, suffering

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