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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 so unjust they can only be described as abusive. Grounding his argument in Scripture and in the experience of Holocaust survivors and of survivors of child abuse, Blumenthal grapples with how to face a God who has worked "wondrously through us" and who has worked "aw(e)fully against us." Delving into Jewish literary and theological traditions, the author articulates a theology of protest which accepts God as God is, yet defends the innocence of those who are utterly victimized.
Blumenthal maintains that while God is often loving and kind, fair and merciful, He is also capable of acts so unjust they can only be described as abusive. Basing his argument on the experiences of both Holocaust and child abuse survivors, Blumenthal grapples with how to face a God who works "wondrously through us" and who has worked "aw(e)fully against us."
|Ch. 4||Universes of Discourse||33|
|Ch. 5||Seriatim, or Sailing into the Wind||47|
|Ch. 7||Psalm 128, with four commentaries||67|
|Ch. 8||Psalm 44, with four commentaries||85|
|Ch. 9||Psalm 109, with four commentaries||111|
|Ch. 10||Psalm 27, with four commentaries||157|
|Ch. 12||Dialogue with an Adult Survivor of Child Abuse||195|
|Ch. 13||Dialogue with a Systematic Theologian||211|
|Ch. 14||Beth's Psalm||227|
|Ch. 16||The Abusing God||237|
|Ch. 17||Facing the Abusing God||249|
|Ch. 18||Addressing the Abusing God||265|