Salvation: The pedagogy of affect

Graham Ward


Taking the model of salvation from the Latin
salus, this essay explores the emotional physiology of grace. Drawing upon contemporary work on emotion by affect theorists, cognitive- and neuro-scientists, the essay proceeds through a detailed analysis of the paradigmatic accounts of salvation and its effects in the Annunciation and Magnificat scenes from the Gospel of Luke. It concludes that salvation is a deep emotional concern and that, while there is no emotion that can be described as non-Christian, there are certain affects that are divine before they are human.


Affect, annunciation, emotion, healing, magnificat, salvation

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ISSN 2226-2385 (online); ISSN 0028-2006 (print)

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