Cain's Lament: A Christian Moral Psychology

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Peter Lang, 2001 - Religion - 221 pages
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This book presents and original Christian moral psychology based upon the Cain and Abel story and discusses epilepsy, the Cain complex, and biblical lament. Special attention is devoted to moral emotions - rage, compassion, shame, and joy - as they flare up in children and family relationships in relation to an enemy. Lament is a cry of anger that erupts in protest against unfair suffering and that strives for justice through trust in God. As the first prayer of the Bible, Cain's lament reflects the pain of all those who commit evil to vindicate injustice.

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A Need for the Enemy
The Cain Complex
The Childhood Cain

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The Author: Richard A. Hughes is the M. B. Rich Professor of Religion at Lycoming College. He received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University, studied in Geneva and Paris, and was a visiting scholar at the National Diet Library of Japan. He has published six books and many essays, and his Return of the Ancestor (Peter Lang 1992) won the Szondi Prize of Switzerland.

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