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Emotion, Identity, and ReligionHope, Reciprocity, and Otherness$
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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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Moral-Somatics, Hope, Despair, and Suffering

Moral-Somatics, Hope, Despair, and Suffering

(p.186) 8 Moral-Somatics, Hope, Despair, and Suffering
Emotion, Identity, and Religion

Douglas J. Davies

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows that hope and despair are powerful undercurrents of human lives and spiritual careers and how religions stand as prime managers of the strong negative and positive potential inherent within them. In particular, it advances the idea of moral-somatic relationships as a prime concept for integrating the moral and emotional natures of both social and individual life. This idea, above all that has been discussed so far in this study, demonstrates the nature of embodiment as the basis for human identity and has also provided the basis for interpreting the widespread concept of merit, whether understood in its ordinary sense or in its transformed value as salvation capital.

Keywords:   despair, hope, social life, human feelings, religion

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