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Douglas J. Davies

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199551538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199551538.001.0001

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Love, Mercy, Humility, and Betrayal

Love, Mercy, Humility, and Betrayal

(p.145) 6 Love, Mercy, Humility, and Betrayal
Emotion, Identity, and Religion

Douglas J. Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the human career has its power, vitality, or ‘mystic substance’ enhanced through acts of love and mercy. It also demonstrates its deep social embeddedness if it is ever fortunate enough to experience the humility response; how that sense of self-identity can be severely depleted, as through acts of betrayal; and how the dynamics of these emotions is often schematized and managed through the social processes and institutions characterized as religious. Their textual narratives and liturgical performances provide some powerful opportunities for the emotional dynamics of Christian spirituality to foster identity.

Keywords:   human career, power vitality, acts of love, acts of mercy, humility

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