God and the Victim

Author: Lisa Barnes Lampman
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802845467
Format: PDF
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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
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 9780791459331
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

All Things Reconciled

Author: Christopher D. Marshall
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1625643705
Format: PDF, ePub
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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
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802847706
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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.

Forgiveness And Abuse Jewish And Christian Reflections

Author: Marie Fortune
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136417435
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

The Problem of Evil in the Western Tradition

Author: Joseph Francis Kelly
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 9780814651049
Format: PDF
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"Evil presents a profound and eternal challenge to humanity--why do we do what we know to be wrong? Why does not an all-good and omnipotent God step in and put an end to evil? [This book] looks at people's efforts to deal with evil, starting with ancient Israel and moving through the great figures of the Western tradition to the twenty-first century"--Back cover.

Conversing with Barth

Author: Mike Higton
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing
ISBN: 9780754605706
Format: PDF
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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.

Grant me justice HIV AIDS gender readings of the Bible

Author: Musa W. Dube
Publisher: Orbis Books
ISBN: 9781570756009
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How can Bible-reading communities, be they faith or academic communities, use the Bible for liberation in the HIV and AIDS struggle? This anthology proposes ways of re-reading the Bible that affirm life, the right to healing, care, and the human rights of all.