Post-traumatic Public Theology by Stephanie N. ArelPost-traumatic Public Theology by Stephanie N. Arel

Post-traumatic Public Theology

byStephanie N. ArelEditorShelly Rambo

Hardcover | November 11, 2016

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This book imagines new modes of religious response to trauma, moving beyond simple answers to the 'why' of human suffering toward discussions of profound expressions of faith in the aftermath of trauma. Engaging current realities such as war, race, and climate change, chapters feature specific locations from which theology is done and draw on the resources of Christian faith in order to respond. This volume recognizes religious leaders as first-responders to trauma and offers theological reflections that can stand up in the current realities of violence and its aftermath. The writings provide models for how to integrate the language of faith with the literature of trauma.
Stephanie N. Arel earned her PhD from Boston University's School of Theology, USA, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for the Bio-cultural Study of Religion at Boston University. She holds a certificate in trauma modalities for clinical treatment from the New York Institute for the Psychotherapies, USA. Her researc...
Title:Post-traumatic Public TheologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 21 × 14.8 × 0.25 inPublished:November 11, 2016Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3319406590

ISBN - 13:9783319406596


Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Post-Traumatic Theology; Shelly Rambo

2. War Bodies: Remembering Bodies in Times of War; Willie James Jennings

3. Trauma, Reality, and Eucharist; Bryan P. Stone

4. Running the Gauntlet of Humiliation: Disablement in/as the Effect of Trauma; Sharon V. Betcher

5. The Trauma of Racism and the Distorted White Imagination; Daniel Hauge

6. Serving the Spirit of Goodness:" Spiritual and Theological Responses to Affliction; Wendy Farley

7. Elegy for a Lost World; Mark I. Wallace

8. The Virtual Body of Christ and the Embrace of Those Traumatized by Cancer; Deanna Thompson

9. Attuned to Justice: Rethinking Restorative Justice and Affective Experiences of Trauma; Stephanie N. Arel

10. 9/11 Changed Things: The (Post-Traumatic) Religious Studies Classroom; Trina J. Jones

11. Looking Through the Bars: Immigration Detention and the Ethics of Mysticism; Susanna Snyder

12. Taking Matter Seriously: Material Theopoetics in the Aftermath of Communal Violence; Michelle Walsh

13. Traumas of Belonging: Nation, Religion, and Gender in the Partition in India; Susan Abraham 


Editorial Reviews

"This was an enjoyable book to read. I liked how each author of the essays was able to take their own topic and run with it. There is so much trauma in the world and we often do not know how to deal with it. Hopefully, this book . will help us learn more about dealing with trauma." (Justin Dilliplane, Resolved for Christ,, January, 2018)