Must keep saying…Schadenfreude is not Christian.Schadenfreude is not Christian.Schadenfreude is not Christian.Schadenfreude is not Christian.Schadenfreude is not Christian.Schadenf…..
February 11, 2010
February 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm
Christian or not, that is sweet!
February 11, 2010 at 11:35 pm
On the other hand, one of the Fathers observed that among the pleasures of the blessed is observing the torments of the damned and rejoicing in the justice of God.
February 12, 2010 at 4:32 am
Unfortunately, that Father was Tertullian. The one who went Montanist because the regular Church was too soft on sin.
So… yeah. Nix on the schadenfreude.
February 12, 2010 at 4:23 pm
The idea is found in Summa Theologica as well, though the Angelic Doctor does a fine job of nuancing what is precisely meant :
"A thing may be a matter of rejoicing in two ways. First directly, when one rejoices in a thing a such: and thus the saints will not rejoice in the punishment of the wicked. Secondly, indirectly, by reason namely of something annexed to it: and in this way the saints will rejoice in the punishment of the wicked, by considering therein the order of Divine justice and their own deliverance, which will fill them with joy. And thus the Divine justice and their own deliverance will be the direct cause of the joy of the blessed: while the punishment of the damned will cause it indirectly."
Suppl., Q. 94, a. 3, resp.
February 13, 2010 at 9:01 pm
Let me get this straight. I can't be happy that it happened to him, but I can be happy that it didn't happen to me? Yay me.
February 14, 2010 at 12:35 am
I dream about that every time I am driving between Chicago and South Bend. HAH!
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