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HTS Theological Studies

On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
Print version ISSN 0259-9422

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DREYER, Yolanda. Empathy as resistance in an age of protest: Turning the other cheek. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2018, vol.74, n.4, pp.1-9. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i4.5264.

In today's 'age of protest', people have the right to publically resist what they perceive to be unjust and abusive. Sometimes, public protest is non-violent, but often it becomes destructive. People get hurt and property is damaged. Those who have the least are often affected most. This article explores the potential of the centuries old ethics of the Jesus tradition coupled with recent insights from psychology on empathy, for effective and necessary resistance against injustice and power abuse, but without the futility of the violence and destruction. This way of love resists all evil, oppression and injustice, and has the power to break the spiral of violence.

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