Lament, a natural, healthy response to unfair suffering and death,
has largely disappeared from modern life and thought. This book
reaffirms ancient Greek and Hebrew conceptions of lament as a
protest against death as fate. Richard A. Hughes finds lament to be
basic in the Bible, and he traces the decline of lament, beginning
with Plato's antifeminist critique and early Christian theodicy,
through the church fathers and the Protestant reformers. He shows
that lament was displaced by classical doctrines of providence but
recaptured in the modern existentialist revolt against unjust
suffering. Hughes discusses the need for lament in the present age
of mass, catastrophic death.
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