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God and the VictimTraumatic Intrusions on Grace, and Freedom$
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Jennifer Erin Beste

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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 Ethical Directions

 Ethical Directions

Implications of a Revised Theology of Freedom and Grace

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God and the Victim

Jennifer Erin Beste (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores the ethical implications resulting from this revised understanding of the self, freedom, and God's grace—implications that are relevant to trauma survivors and to Christian communities as a whole. This chapter argues that this revised theology of freedom and grace intensifies our sense of collective responsibility for enabling one another's freedom before God. The chapter proceeds to examine how Christian communities can practically reach out to trauma survivors to facilitate healing and recovery from traumatic violence. There is hope that creative acts of neighbor‐love can mediate divine grace, fostering incest survivors' freedom to relate lovingly to God and neighbor.

Keywords:   trauma survivor, grace, incest survivor, ethical, Christian communities, neighbor‐love, collective responsibility, healing, recovery

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