Healing Violent Men

Healing Violent Men

by David J Livingston
     
 

ISBN-10: 0800632516

ISBN-13: 9780800632519

Pub. Date: 09/05/2000

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

Domestic violence is a widespread, though largely invisible, problem, often exacerbated by the pastoral urge to "keep the family together" at all costs. Yet if that is not a solution, how should the church relate to batterers?

"I believe that the Christian community, if it is to be genuinely a community of healing and hope, must attend to both the victims

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Overview

Domestic violence is a widespread, though largely invisible, problem, often exacerbated by the pastoral urge to "keep the family together" at all costs. Yet if that is not a solution, how should the church relate to batterers?

"I believe that the Christian community, if it is to be genuinely a community of healing and hope, must attend to both the victims and the perpetrators of domestic violence," says David Livingston. Addressing the complex phenomenon of intimate violence against wives, lovers, and children, Livingston profiles batterers and battering and traces it to larger cultural pathologies. He explores the ambiguous role of religion and then offers practical advice for pastoral and programmatic efforts to embrace simultaneously the twin Christian imperatives of forgiveness and responsibility.

About the Author:
David J. Livingston is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pennsylvania. An experienced pastoral counselor, Livingston has counseled batterers and has devised and implemented these church programs for them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800632519
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
09/05/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Violent Men in Our Communities: The Dynamics of Intimate Violence1
The Ambiguity of Reconciliation3
Encountering Violent Men: Revulsion and Hope5
Working with Violent Men6
The Dynamics of Domestic Violence7
The Stages of Violence12
Power and Control15
The Possibility of Healing24
2Violence: Destruction of the Mysterious Human Center26
Cultural Influences on Violent Men26
Are Men Inherently Violent Creatures?29
The Hydraulic Model30
A Girardian Interpretation of Violence32
Ready to Snap like a Mousetrap34
Gender and Violence35
Media and Violence37
Interpreting Violence as Constructive or Destructive38
Crime and Punishment: Constructive or Destructive Violence?39
The Warnings Offered by Violence44
3Does Christianity Throw Gas on the Flames of Violence?47
The Classic Symbol of Marriage48
The Marriage of Hosea49
Historical Christian Interpretations of Marriage50
Wives Be Submissive53
Rape in Marriage54
The Theodicy Question56
Marriage as a Symbol of Hope57
Images of the Divine59
God in Control59
God as Omniscient and Omnipresent61
God's Vulnerability in Christ62
4Reconciliation: A Model for Addressing Male Violence64
The Biblical Logic of Reconciliation66
Reconciliation in the Early Christian Tradition67
A Thomistic Interpretation of Reconciliation69
Contrition70
Confession74
Satisfaction76
Absolution77
5Reconciliation: A Responsible Approach to Intimate Violence81
Scarring: An Important Metaphor for Understanding Violence83
Healing the Individual: Reconciliation in the Individual Sphere85
Contrition: The Recognition of the Face87
Confession, Satisfaction, and Absolution87
Healing the Interhuman Sphere89
Healing the Community: The Social Level of Reconciliation93
The Dialectic of Reconciliation96
App. 1Indicators That a Man May Kill His Partner99
App. 2Accountability102
App. 3Control Log: Men's Education Groups104
App. 4An Annotated Website Bibliography106
Notes109
Selected Bibliography121
Index127

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