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The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late
                        Nineteenth–Century English Culture$
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Lucy Bending

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187172.001.0001

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Christian Understandings of Physical Suffering

Christian Understandings of Physical Suffering

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(p.5) 1 Christian Understandings of Physical Suffering
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The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth–Century English Culture
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Lucy Bending

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187172.003.0002

This chapter discusses Christian understanding of pain. For Christian theologians two kinds of pain were of importance: the pains of the here and now and the doctrinally sanctioned pains of eternal damnation. Following the widespread overthrow of belief in the physical pains of hell, came a change in the perception of physical pain, both among the clergy and the laity.

Keywords:   bodily pain, physical pain, physical suffering, religious writings, Christianity

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