Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity

Schumacher M (2022)
In: Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation. von Kellenbach K, Buschmeier M (Eds); New York: Oxford University Press: 29-40.

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von Kellenbach, Katharina; Buschmeier, Matthias
Abstract / Bemerkung
The obligation of satisfaction (satisfactio operis) in the Christian sacrament of penance made guilt productive in the Middle Ages because it required charitable and good works. These acts did not necessarily have to benefit the concrete victims but could also support other needy persons or society. Moreover, they could be performed on behalf of other sinners in acts of vicarious penance. Martin Luther fundamentally disputed this way of dealing with guilt in his doctrine of justification. In the wake of the Reformation, attempts to relieve a guilty conscience through action remain controversial, and a possible motivation for socially good deeds is lost. After a brief overview of the basic ideas of Christian penance, this chapter outlines the critiques of the mystic Meister Eckhart and the reformer Luther and describes the social consequences of the Reformation. The last section discusses the possibility of making guilt productive today using three current examples: volunteer service, vicarious activism, and charitable donations
Stichworte
indulgences; repentance; satisfaction; vicarious penance; good deeds; hypocrisy; Middle Ages; Reformation; justification
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Buchtitel
Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation
Seite(n)
29-40
ISBN
978-0-19-755743-3
eISBN
978-0-19-755747-1
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2960700

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Schumacher M. Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity. In: von Kellenbach K, Buschmeier M, eds. Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation. New York: Oxford University Press; 2022: 29-40.
Schumacher, M. (2022). Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity. In K. von Kellenbach & M. Buschmeier (Eds.), Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation (pp. 29-40). New York: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780197557433.003.0002
Schumacher, M. (2022). “Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity” in Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation, von Kellenbach, K., and Buschmeier, M. eds. (New York: Oxford University Press), 29-40.
Schumacher, M., 2022. Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity. In K. von Kellenbach & M. Buschmeier, eds. Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation. New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 29-40.
M. Schumacher, “Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity”, Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation, K. von Kellenbach and M. Buschmeier, eds., New York: Oxford University Press, 2022, pp.29-40.
Schumacher, M.: Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity. In: von Kellenbach, K. and Buschmeier, M. (eds.) Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation. p. 29-40. Oxford University Press, New York (2022).
Schumacher, Meinolf. “Guilt as a Positive Motivation for Action? On Vicarious Penance in the History of Christianity”. Guilt: A Force of Cultural Transformation. Ed. Katharina von Kellenbach and Matthias Buschmeier. New York: Oxford University Press, 2022. 29-40.

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