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The Tears of Jesus

Kevin Raedy on Augustine & Refusing to Grieve As Others Do

As Christians, how should we respond to the death of someone we love? Should we grieve openly or privately? A little or a lot? In defending the truth of Christ's Resurrection and articulating a theology of bodily resurrection, St. Paul exclaims to the church at Corinth that death has been "swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor. 15:54). To the church at Thessalonica, where some were worried about the fate of those who died before the return of Christ, Paul explains that the righteous dead will be raised at Jesus' second coming and gathered up into heaven, so that those still alive should not "grieve as others . . .

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Kevin Raedy studied theology at Duke Divinity School and writes from Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife and two children. He has published in the journal Nova et Vetera and at Aleteia.org.

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