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Facing the abusing God : a theology of protest

Author: David R Blumenthal
Publisher: Louisville, Ky. : Westminster/John Knox Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Looking at the experience of Holocaust survivors and of survivors of child abuse, this work asks disturbing questions why God permits victimization of the innocent.

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David R Blumenthal
ISBN: 0664254640 9780664254643
OCLC Number: 27975156
Language Note: Includes text of Psalm 109 in Hebrew with parallel English translation.
Description: xxv, 318 pages ; 23 cm
1. Introduction --
Talking About Talking About God Voice --
God's Two Essential Attributes and the Theology of Image --
Irruption --
2. Personality --
Personality as an Attribute of God --
The Attribute of Personality and Freud --
Six Personalist Attributes of God --
Meditative Postscript --
3. Holiness --
Holiness as an Attribute of God --
Words That Go in Circles --
Kavvana and the Attribute of Holiness --
Holiness, Fear, and Joy --
Second Thoughts --
4. Universes of Discourse --
The General Theory with Four Examples --
The Universe of Spiritual Discourse --
The Relationship Between the Spiritual and the Other Universes of Discourse --
Cognitive Dissonance --
5. Seriatim, or Sailing into the Wind --
The Images --
The Images and Life --
The Images and the Text(s) --
Other Voices --
Counter-image --
6. Intimations --
Text --
Interpretation --
Inter-text-uality --
W-rite-ing --
How to Read This Part --
7. Psalm 128, with four commentaries --
8. Psalm 44, with four commentaries --
9. Psalm 109, with four commentaries --
10. Psalm 27, with four commentaries --
11. Prelude --
12. Dialogue with an Adult Survivor of Child Abuse --
The Voice of the Abused --
On God and Jewish Identity --
On Healing --
13. Dialogue with a Systematic Theologian --
On Covenant --
Ethical, Spiritual, and Theological Nihilism --
On Healing --
14. Beth's Psalm --
Psalm 27 --
Healing --
Beth's Healing Psalm --
15. Prologue --
16. The Abusing God --
Standing In-Between --
Abusiveness: The Scriptural Texts --
Abusiveness as an Attribute of God --
17. Facing the Abusing God --
Protest and Challenge, Distrust and Suspicion as a Post-Holocaust, Abuse-Sensitive Stance --
A Re-new-ed Form of Religious Healing --
Some Theological and Psychological Considerations --
Transition into the Presence --
18. Addressing the Abusing God --
Taking a Stance --
Psalms for an Angry Generation --
Closing Prayers to the Abusing God.
Other Titles: Bible.
Responsibility: David R. Blumenthal.


In this powerful book, David Blumenthal maintains that having faith in a post-Holocaust world means admitting that while God is often loving and kind, fair and merciful, God is also capable of acts  Read more...


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