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Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in a Age of Globalization

by Maureen H. O'Connell

Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in a Age of Globalization
Publication date: 2015-02-19
ISBN: 9781570758454
Suffering in the world today, which dehumanizes people, demands that Christians turn to compassion, that they learn to ""suffer with another,"" as the mark of their discipleship. OConnell asks, ""Who more than we, Christian citizens of the worlds wealthiest nation, possess the moral imperative, the material and human resources, and the luxury of freedom from want necessary to alleviate the kind of suffering that happens at the hands of others?"" She maintains that the answer lies in naming the signs of the times, understanding their causes, and devising effective responses.
After presenting a historical overview of the development of the concept of compassion, OConnell turns to contemporary theologians Jon Sobrino and Johann Baptist Metz, philosopher Martha C. Nussbaum, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to better understand how compassion can alleviate massive and unjust suffering and how compassion offers a road map for a better future.Maureen H. O'Connell