Why Are We More Sensitive to Pain and Suffering than People 200 years ago?

The problem of pain and suffering is a modern one.  In antiquity there is no discussion of this.  Even Job only deals with why do the righteous suffer?  Why are we more sensitive to pain than humans were 200 years ago?

Two reasons:

  1. Our sensitivity to pain springs partly from our new power to escape it. We tend to accept the inevitable.  We used to think pain was inevitable but thanks to medical science, we look on pain quite differently.
  2. The re-discovery that Jesus was fully man in modern theology.  See, Christ was sensitive to pain.  It was His passion to cure it when He met it.  For Him, it was a terrible reality.
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