The Child's Song / Edition 1

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Overview

Theological ideas and biblical injunctions have frequently been employed to legitimate the physical abuse of children. Some theological ideas are inherently abusive because they create fear in a child's mind, causing a child to feel alone, odd, and of little worth. Donald Capps exposes the abuses that theology and the Bible have inflicted on vast numbers of children. In particular, he is concerned with the "hidden" abuses of children by well-intentioned adults and the role that religion plays in the legitimation of these abuses.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664255541
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 0.48 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Donald Capps is William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of more than two dozen books in pastoral theology, including The Poet's Gift and The Child's Song.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
I The Loss of Innocence
1 Alice Miller on "the Mutilated Soul" 3
2 Augustine: The Vicious Cycle of Child Abuse 21
3 Religious Sources of Childhood Trauma 37
4 Letter to the Hebrews: The Lasting Effects of Childhood Trauma 58
5 Abraham and Isaac: The Sacrificial Impulse 78
6 The Child Jesus as Endangered Self 96
II Reclaiming The Garden
7 A Garden of Childhood Verses 129
8 The Soul Made Happy 156
Notes
Index
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