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Reimagining Anger in Christian Traditions: Anger as a Moral Virtue for the Flourishing of the Oppressed in Political Resistance

Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA 30030, USA
Religions 2020, 11(5), 244; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11050244
Received: 26 April 2020 / Revised: 10 May 2020 / Accepted: 11 May 2020 / Published: 14 May 2020
This paper aims to reimagine anger, which has been traditionally understood as one of the capital vices in Christian traditions, as a moral virtue of the oppressed in their resistance against structural injustice. This essay first examines the contemporary discussions on anger in the field of Christian ethics. Then, I critically evaluate Lisa Tessman’s account of “burdened virtues” and argue for a possibility that anger can be constructive in contributing to the flourishing of the oppressed. This paper argues that the oppressed can transform burdened anger into thriving anger that is conducive to their own flourishing through the communal bearing of the burden. This paper provides empirical support for this argument: a comparative analysis of a suicide protest of a college student and life-affirming protest of the mothers and wives of political victims against the totalitarian regime of Park Chung-hee in South Korea, 1970–1979. View Full-Text
Keywords: anger; moral virtue; burdened virtue; flourishing; the oppressed; political resistance anger; moral virtue; burdened virtue; flourishing; the oppressed; political resistance
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Shin, W. Reimagining Anger in Christian Traditions: Anger as a Moral Virtue for the Flourishing of the Oppressed in Political Resistance. Religions 2020, 11, 244.

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