is empathy sinful?

When I decided to pursue a dual graduate degree in divinity and mental health counseling in the mid-1990’s, a close colleague offered a warning: Watch out. Those kinds of programs emphasize feelings, and feelings only draw us away from truth and turn us inward. A few months ago, Scot McKnight addressed a recent ‘resurgence’, you might say, of that old and worn sentiment. He was responding to an essay by Joe Rigney still posted at Desiring God entitled “The Enticing Sin of Empathy: How Satan Corrupts Through Compassion.” (That title, by the way…ouch.) It’s a… Continue reading is empathy sinful?