Power of confession
During my years at the university, I have talked to all kinds of people, from all kinds of lifestyles, backgrounds, and beliefs; in doing so I have made a not-so-surprising discovery: confession is a dying art. Many college students today feel no need to confess; in the search for autonomy they attempt to loosen and throw off the chains of any external dependence. I find this fact quite discouraging, for I believe it is possible, in part, to attribute many of this generation's problems — selfishness, pride, and greed, for example — to the rarity of true confession. I argue that power exists in confession, a force strong enough to change lives. We can begin to understand just how confession can influence our own existence by looking at four distinct arenas: the Bible, the life of Saint Augustine, the institutional Church, and the "secular" realm of recovery groups. Before doing so, however, I will address the issue of the location of a key element of this power; thus I begin with an illustration from the French philosopher Michel Foucault.
Oliva, Daniel T. (Daniel Thomas), "The Art of Confession" (1995). WWU Honors Program Senior Projects. 256.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Confession--Social aspects; Conscience, Examination of--Social aspects
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