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Emptiness: Feeling Christian in America

John Corrigan


American Christians value the feeling of emptiness and seek to cultivate it, believing that the more profoundly they experience emptiness the greater their longing for God and the nearer they draw to their goal of feeling spiritually filled by God. Emptiness must precede fullness. Americans practice bodily disciplines as a way of representing, prompting, and intensifying their feelings of emptiness. They cognize and cultivate the feeling of emptiness through fasting, bloodletting, silence, labor, and other activities undertaken as forms of self-denial. Americans feel the emptiness of time and ... More

Keywords: emptiness, fullness, emotion, Christianity, America, identity, disestablishment, space, time, belief

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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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John Corrigan, author

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