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Empathy and the Experience of Faith
- Course Dates: Fri 9 November 2018, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Using examples from literature, poetry, theology and film, this day will explore the idea that the shared experience of vulnerability, of woundedness, lies both at the heart of what it is to be human, and at the root of Christian faith.
For Christians, faith is not a cognitive faculty, or a heard demand for obedience, or adherence to a law; it is an elicited response to the call to love. Ultimately, we are commanded, not to know or to obey, but to love. So empathy – how we imaginatively and lovingly relate to and share in the wounded condition of others – is the essence of a Christian life, and a prerequisite for all human creativity. Empathy, we find, is a crucial element in the deep grammar of fallen nature, faith and human flourishing.