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In: Zuversichtsargumente

Prayer is a special kind of religious coping with evil; it is not an intellectual but an existential mode of dealing with evil. This paper reflects on this phe-nomenon—first from the perspective of the philosophy and psychology of religion and then from the perspective of Lutheran dogmatics in conversation with psychological insights. It sketches what happens when people begin to pray when they experience evil; when something harmful happens to them or to somebody else. By concentrating on prayer in Lutheran Christianity, this paper argues why, from the viewpoint of the Lutheran doctrine of justification, prayer helps people to be aware and to "accept" the evil they did or suffered. This is a process Prayer is a special kind of religious coping with evil; it is not an intellectual but an existential mode of dealing with evil. This paper reflects on this phe-nomenon—first from the perspective of the philosophy and psychology of religion and then from the perspective of Lutheran dogmatics in conversation with psychological insights. It sketches what happens when people begin to pray when they experience evil; when something harmful happens to them or to somebody else. By concentrating on prayer in Lutheran Christianity, this paper argues why, from the viewpoint of the Lutheran doctrine of justification, prayer helps people to be aware and to "accept" the evil they did or suffered. This is a process of "transitional" acceptance which does not justify or level the evil but constitutes the precondition for overcoming the power of the evil.

In: Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture

Prayer is a special kind of religious coping with evil; it is not an intellectual but an existential mode of dealing with evil. This paper reflects on this phe-nomenon—first from the perspective of the philosophy and psychology of religion and then from the perspective of Lutheran dogmatics in conversation with psychological insights. It sketches what happens when people begin to pray when they experience evil; when something harmful happens to them or to somebody else. By concentrating on prayer in Lutheran Christianity, this paper argues why, from the viewpoint of the Lutheran doctrine of justification, prayer helps people to be aware and to "accept" the evil they did or suffered. This is a process Prayer is a special kind of religious coping with evil; it is not an intellectual but an existential mode of dealing with evil. This paper reflects on this phe-nomenon—first from the perspective of the philosophy and psychology of religion and then from the perspective of Lutheran dogmatics in conversation with psychological insights. It sketches what happens when people begin to pray when they experience evil; when something harmful happens to them or to somebody else. By concentrating on prayer in Lutheran Christianity, this paper argues why, from the viewpoint of the Lutheran doctrine of justification, prayer helps people to be aware and to "accept" the evil they did or suffered. This is a process of "transitional" acceptance which does not justify or level the evil but constitutes the precondition for overcoming the power of the evil.

In: Coping with Evil in Religion and Culture

Abstract

Barth’s theology is often criticized for not leaving room for lament in the face of suffering. This paper looks at sermons of Barth which address suffering. It especially analyses the sermon Barth gave at the funeral of his son who died at only twenty years of age. It shows how for Barth, the eschatological perspective pervades the situation of suffering.

In: The Finality of the Gospel