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John J. McDermott

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224845

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823224845.001.0001

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The Religious Mission of Sorrow

The Religious Mission of Sorrow

(p.1039) 31 The Religious Mission of Sorrow
The Basic Writings of Josiah Royce, Volume II
John J. McDermott
Fordham University Press

This chapter examines sorrow and the whole burden of human tribulation as a source of religious insight. The insight of which sorrow is the source is an insight that tends to awaken within a new view of what the spiritual realm is. This view is not in the least what some recent writers have blindly proclaimed it to be—a philosopher's artificial abstraction—a cruel effort to substitute a “soft” doctrine of the study for a moral and humane facing of the “hard” facts of human life. This view is the soul of the teaching of all the world's noblest and most practical guides to the most concrete living. This view faces hardness, it endures and overcomes. The chapter then considers why the existence of tragedy in human existence appears to many moods, and to many people, destructive of faith in any religious truth and a barrier against rational assurance regarding the ultimate triumph of anything good.

Keywords:   sorrow, human tribulation, religious insight, spiritual realm, tragedy, faith, religious truth

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