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EmptinessFeeling Christian in America$
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John Corrigan

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226237466

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226237633.001.0001

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(p.15) 1 Feeling

John Corrigan

University of Chicago Press

Emotion is a key aspect of Christianity. The feeling of emptiness is an emotion. It has played an important role in the spirituality of persons throughout Christian history and is highly visible in American Christianity. Scholars have studied emptiness in Buddhism, but have been less interested in its place in Christianity. American Christians experience the feeling of emptiness as self-denial and as longing for God. They seek to deepen that feeling as a means to being filled with God because the feeling of fullness can only follow upon the experience of emptiness. American Christians across denominations have built on traditions available to them from previous centuries of European Christianity, adapting those traditions to an American context and innovating in numerous ways.

Keywords:   emptiness, emotion, fullness, Christianity, Buddhism, self-denial

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