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God And The Victim

Author : Lisa Barnes Lampman
ISBN : 0802845460
Genre : Religion
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Written by teachers, theologians, and practitioners well known for their expertise in the field, God and the Victim probes and examines issues of evil, justice, victimization, and forgiveness. Working from the view that crime is primarily a spiritual issue, the authors look at examples of victimization in the Bible for guidance about how we can better minister to victims today. --from publisher description.

Religion And Peacebuilding

Author : Harold Coward
ISBN : 0791459330
Genre : Political Science
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Acknowledging that religion can motivate both violence and compassion, this book looks at how a variety of world religions can and do build peace.

Forgiveness And Abuse Jewish And Christian Reflections

Author : Marie Fortune
ISBN : 9781136417436
Genre : Religion
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Explore what forgiveness means in the context of sexual and domestic abuse! Using research, studies, stories, and prayer, Forgiveness and Abuse: Jewish and Christian Reflections focuses on the views and opinions of these two prominent religions as well as shares the wisdom of their traditional teachings. Forgiveness is an essential concept for many survivors of abuse as well as the perpetrators. Some believe that urging victims to simply “forgive and forget” in the face of such harsh realities may not be practical and could actually endanger the healing process. Forgiveness and Abuse studies several aspects of the spiritual influence in forgiving and vindicating abusive crimes, including: traditional views of forgiveness and repentance using excerpts from Jewish law a clinical study examining the relationship between forgiveness and mental health as well as comparing Christian and Jewish responses to a questionnaire regarding forgiveness abuse of children and adults by members of the clergy: the roles of the victims, the abuser, and the church the differences between forgiveness and reconciliation and whether they are both necessary so much more! Several of the historical practices of Christianity and Judaism regarding abuse, its public acknowledgment, and its forgiveness have been harshly criticized. Forgiveness and Abuse offers you new insight on the spiritual connections between religion, abuse, and forgiveness, and brings you hope as religious leaders unite to better themselves and others. With the events of recent years weighing on society’s shoulders, this collection is profoundly significant for clergy, counselors, therapists, and survivors, as well as the perpetrators themselves.

All Things Reconciled

Author : Christopher D. Marshall
ISBN : 9781625643704
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The modern restorative justice movement, perhaps one of the most important social movements of our time, was born in a Christian home to Christian parents, specifically to Christian peace workers striving to put their faith into action in the public arena. The first major book on the subject was written primarily for a church audience and drew deeply on biblical themes and values. But as restorative justice has moved into the mainstream of criminological thought and policy, the significance of its originating spiritual impulse has been minimized or denied, and subsequent theological scholarship has done little to probe the relevance of restorative perspectives for doctrine and discipleship. In this collection of essays, Christopher D. Marshall, a biblical scholar and restorative practitioner who has devoted his career to exploring the relationship between the two fields, considers how peacemaking Christians can honor the witness and authority of Scripture, including its apparently violence-endorsing strands, as they strive to join in God’s great work in Christ of “reconciling to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross” (Col 1:20).

Powers Weakness And The Tabernacling Of God

Author : Marva J. Dawn
ISBN : 0802847706
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Examines the practices of the modern church focusing on its conformity to contemporary culture and emphasis on powers. Argues that the church needs to embrace its call to weakness.

The Bible Justice And Public Theology

Author : David J. Neville
ISBN : 9781498207751
Genre : Religion
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Public theology is a developing field of discourse concerned to address matters of pressing public concern in theological perspective for the common good. Themes of ecology, poverty, human rights, and especially justice feature prominently in its discourse. Although justice is also a prominent theme in the Bible, there is no single perspective on what constitutes justice in the Bible and no single view on how biblical perspectives on justice should contribute to contemporary discussion regarding the meaning and implementation of justice. Informed and inspired by Christopher Marshall's landmark work on Compassionate Justice (Cascade Books, 2012) in dialogue with Jesus' parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son, this collection of studies addresses various interrelations between the Bible, justice, and public theology. Marshall himself proposes that certain parables of Jesus are paradigmatic for public theology, and some contributors respond to different dimensions of his treatment of the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son in terms of restorative justice. Other contributors, by contrast, examine broader related concerns such as justice in biblical, theological, and philosophical perspective, the hermeneutics of engagement for justice, the relation between feminist theology and restorative justice, biblical resources for public theology, and popular culture as both a conversation partner with and a medium for public theology.

The Problem Of Evil In The Western Tradition

Author : Joseph Francis Kelly
ISBN : 0814651046
Genre : Philosophy
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The question of evil presents a profound challenge to humanity?why do we do what we know to be wrong? This is especially a challenge to religious believers. Why doesn?t an all-good and omnipotent God step in and put an end to evil? The Problem of Evil in the Western Tradition examines how Western thinkers have dealt with the problem of evil, starting in ancient Israel and tracing the question through post-biblical Judaism, Early Christianity (especially in Africa), the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and to the twenty-first century when science has raised new and important issues. Joseph Kelly covers the book of Job, the book of Revelation, Augustine of Hippo, Aquinas, Luther, Marlow, Milton, Voltaire, Hume, Mary Shelley, Darwin, Jung, Flannery O?Connor, Karl Rahner, Teilhard de Chardin, and modern geneticists. Chapters are ?Some Perspectives on Evil,? ?Israel and Evil,? ?The New Adam,? ?Out of Africa,? ?The Broken Cosmos,? ?The Middle Ages,? ?Decline and Reform of Humanism,? ?The Devil?s Last Stand,? ?Rationalizing Evil,? ?The Attack on Christianity,? ?Dissident Voices,? ?Human Evil in the Nineteenth Century,? ?Science, Evil, and Original Sin,? ?Modern Literary Approaches to Evil,? ?Some Scientific Theories of Evil,? and ?Modern Religious Approaches to Evil.??The breadth will be attractive to a general student audience. I think they will be able to engage the material nicely.? Donald Musser Sam R. Marks Professor Religious Studies Department Stetson University DeLand, Florida?... provides a fast-moving and sweeping survey of the myriad approaches to the mystery of evil in the Western tradition. The book is a timely, worthwhile contribution.... What is unique to Kelly?s work is his wide-ranging inclusion of literary classics that have evil as their theme: Dante, Marlowe, Milton, Pope, Goethe, M. Shelley, Dostoyevsky, and others.? America?It is cogent, up-to-date, and very clearly written. I learned a great deal from it throughout.... It?s a very important, excellent and really needed book.? Jeffrey B. Russell University of California?... provides a ?good run around the bases?: a view of the problem of evil in a range of Western religious and quasireligious literature, including Blake and Milton, concluding with a prospectus on how our perspective of sin is likely to change in the face of the altered and multicultural world in which we live.? Library Journal?It has always puzzled me that so many accounts of 'the good' have been written about and discussed in academic circles for 'lo these many years, while the contents of most informal conversations are about evil?'the bad' if you will?in its many forms. Finally, a treatise on evil. What a good read about such a dark subject! And not only a good read but a trenchant intelligence at work on the best material that could be gathered on the subject.? John C. Haughey, S.J. Loyola University of Chicago?Joseph Kelly's description and analysis of 'Evil' offers the reader a challenging and provocative journey through the corridors of the 'Western Tradition,' be it religion, literature, art, economics, politics, philosophy, or science. With an always interesting, lucid narrative, Kelly offers a critique securely anchored in an historical context. This book is a truly exciting instrument of learning for the classroom, the seminar, discussion groups wherever?to the barricades!? Harry Rosenberg Colorado State University?Covering a wide array of authors as diverse as Thomas Aquinas, the Marquis de Sade, and Flannery O'Connor, Dr. Kelly offers a comprehensive overview of how the problem of evil has been addressed in Western literature from earliest times to today. Remarkably lucid in style considering the complexity of the subject matter, it is accessible to scholarly and non-academic audiences alike and will prove useful in a variety of educational and pastoral contexts. Having read the book in the immediate aftermath of the recent attacks in New York and Washington, I cannot think of a more timely aid for thoughtful persons struggling to make sense of these horrendous events.? Kelley Spoerl St. Anselm College?Joseph Kelly presents an interesting study about humanity?s understanding of evil from the books of Job and Revelation, through key Christian thinkers, to present scientific researchers. . . . Teachers will find it quite useful as a textbook.? Theological Studies

Race Crime

Author : Michael Rowe
ISBN : 9781446292112
Genre : Social Science
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In this original and cutting-edge new textbook, Mike Rowe explores the key topics in race and crime. Examining the main issues from a historical and comparative approach, the book fully situates arguments and ideas in a global context with contemporary examples. Encouraging readers to think critically about well-worn debates, Race & Crime covers a diverse range of issues, including: Representation and Disproportionality Victimisation Human Rights Terrorism Popular Culture Governance As with all books in the Key Approaches to Criminology series, Race & Crime features extensive learning features to help students to fully engage with topics covered. These include: chapter overviews, study questions, further reading and key terms. Stylishly written yet accessible, Race & Crime will prove invigorating, vital reading for students in criminology, sociology, race and ethnic studies, and cultural studies. The Key Approaches to Criminology series celebrates the removal of traditional barriers between disciplines and, specifically, reflects criminology’s interdisciplinary nature and focus. It brings together some of the leading scholars working at the intersections of criminology and related subjects. Each book in the series helps readers to make intellectual connections between criminology and other discourses, and to understand the importance of studying crime and criminal justice within the context of broader debates. The series is intended to have appeal across the entire range of undergraduate and postgraduate studies and beyond, comprising books which offer introductions to the fields as well as advancing ideas and knowledge in their subject areas.

Can God Be Trusted

Author : John G. Stackhouse, Jr.
ISBN : 9780830828869
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In a world riddled with disappointment, malice and tragedy, what rationale do we have for believing in a benevolent God? In this book, John Stackhouse explores how great thinkers have grappled with this question - from Buddha, Confucius, Augustine, Hume and Luther to C. S. Lewis. Without brushing aside the serious problems posed by a God who allows incurable diseases, natural disasters and senseless crimes to bring misery into our lives, Stackhouse boldly affirms that this world is the world we actually need. Finally, he points to Christian revelation which promises the transformation of suffering into joy as the best guide to God's dealings with the world. Market/Audience General readers wanting an in-depth overview of evil Those interested in apologetics Endorsements "John Stackhouse . . . reduces the tangled issue to one fundamental question " Is God trustworthy? " and offers a careful, wise and well-argued answer." - Philip Yancey, author of Where Is God When It Hurts? "John Stackhouse . . . [addresses] the problem of evil with theological sophistication, historical depth, and philosophical precision." - The Christian Century Features and Benefits A classic statement updated throughout Reorganized for easier reading New material added on Jesus and his responses to evil Added a full chapter First InterVarsity Press edition

Conversing With Barth

Author : Mike Higton
ISBN : 0754605701
Genre : Religion
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Karl Barth addressed all the major themes of dogmatic theology, and in so doing made his own distinctive contribution to each of the ongoing conversations that constitute that theology. This book presents important new 'conversations with Barth' by leading contemporary theologians and Barth scholars. Each contributor offers their own distinctive emphasis to bring to light the ways in which the depths of Barth's work may illuminate or be illuminated by the work of other prominent thinkers who preceded or followed him. The conversations they host between Barth and other philosophers and theologians raise critical questions in the reading and appreciation of Barth's thought, and explore a wide range of themes in dogmatic theology.This book not only adds to the comprehension of the riches of Barth's theology but also presents an important contribution to the ongoing conversations and debates alive in theology today.Contributors: Nicholas Lash, John Webster, Timothy Gorringe, Graham Ward, George Hunsinger, Ben Quash, Mike Higton, John McDowell, Eugene Rogers, Katherine Sonderegger, David Clough, David Ford.

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