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God and the Victim: Traumatic Intrusions on Grace, and Freedom

Jennifer Erin Beste


How does severe interpersonal harm affect our freedom and the ways in which we relate to ourselves, others, and God? God and the Victim addresses the challenges that trauma and feminist theory pose to cherished theological convictions about human freedom and divine grace. Overall, the Christian tradition has held that a person's response to God's grace is not entirely vulnerable to earthly contingencies: interpersonal harm, however severe, cannot separate one from the grace of God and from the power to love others. Does this longstanding belief remain credible, however, in light of social scie ... More

Keywords: Rahner, freedom, grace, interpersonal harm, relationality, feminist theory, trauma theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195311099
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311099.001.0001


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Jennifer Erin Beste, author
Xavier University
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