Skip to main content Accessibility help
×
×
Home

Suffering and charity in the dark night of the soul

  • DONALD J. BUNGUM (a1)

Abstract

Eleonore Stump's solution to the problem of suffering fails to show how God could be justified in permitting persons to suffer the dark night of the soul. In this article, I explain why and offer an amendment. I contend that a person who responds to the dark night in the right way experiences positive feedback between suffering and charity. This feedback not only enables the sufferer ultimately to attain his heart's desire but also explains why God is justified in permitting persons to suffer the dark night.

Copyright

References

Hide All
Bungum, Donald J. (2013) ‘Joint attention, union with God, and the dark night of the soul’, European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 5, 187210.
John of the Cross (1990) Dark Night of the Soul, Peers, E. A. (ed.) (New York: Image).
Garrigou-Lagrange, Réginald (1937) Christian Perfection and Contemplation, according to St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John of the Cross, Doyle, M. T. (ed.) (St Louis MO: B. Herder Book Co.).
Stump, Eleonore (2010) Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering (Oxford: Oxford University Press).
Stump, Eleonore (2010) (n.d.) ‘The problem of evil and atonement’, unpublished manuscript.
Teresa of Avila (2007) Interior Castle, Peers, E. A. (ed.) (Mineola NY: Dover Books).
Mother Teresa, (2007) Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta, Kolodiejchuk, B. (ed.) (New York: Image).
Zeigler, Bernard P., Praehofer, Herbert, & Kim, Tag Gon (2000) Theory of Modeling and Simulation: Integrating Discrete Event And Continuous Complex Dynamic Systems (San Diego CA: Academic Press).
Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Religious Studies
  • ISSN: 0034-4125
  • EISSN: 1469-901X
  • URL: /core/journals/religious-studies
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between <date>. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed