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Spirituality in a Time of Crisis: A Protestant Christian Perspective 

Spirituality in a Time of Crisis: A Protestant Christian Perspective
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Spirituality in a Time of Crisis: A Protestant Christian Perspective
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Ronald Cole-Turner

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10.1093/med/9780190636852.003.0005
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date: 17 April 2021

American mainstream Protestants are diverse, but several common religious motifs are likely to surface when caregivers and family members are faced with caring for a high-risk newborn. One of the first will be theological questions about cause or responsibility. Did I (or we) do something to cause this? Why is God letting this happen? Is God testing us? A second motif has to do with how to mark religiously the acceptance of the gift of the baby’s life. Although for Protestants there is no concern about the salvation of a baby dying without baptism, a hospital baptism can be the strongest possible affirmation of the life that is present, is soon to be gone, and yet will be fulfilled in some unspecifiable or mysterious way. A third motif draws these first two together. Caring for the high-risk infant can call out or create reserves of personal and spiritual strength.

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