Religion at Ground Zero: Theological Responses to Times of Crisis

Religion at Ground Zero: Theological Responses to Times of Crisis

by Christopher Craig Brittain


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'The world will never be the same!' How many times have human beings uttered this cry after a tragic event? This book analyzes how such emotive reactions impact on the way religion is understood, exploring theological responses to human tragedy and cultural shock by focusing on reactions to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and 7/7, the two World Wars and the Holocaust, the 2004 South-East Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It discusses themes such as the theodicy question, the function of religious discourse in the face of tragedy, and the relationship between religion and politics.
The book explores the tension between religion's capacity to both cause and enhance the suffering and destruction surrounding historical tragedies, but also its potential to serve as a powerful resource for responding to such disasters. Analyzing this dialectic,it engages with the work of Slavoj Žižek, Karl Barth, Theodor Adorno, Emil Fackenheim and Rowan Williams, examining the role of belief, difficulties of overcoming the influence of ideology, and the significance of trust and humility.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441132390
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Christopher Craig Brittain is Lecturer in Practical Theology at the University of Aberdeen, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Ground Zero as the Site of Theology \ 1. Religion in the Wake of Lisbon, Katrina and Haiti: On the Limits of Theodicy \ 2. Religion in the Trenches: Chaplains in the Great War \ 3. Jewish Responses to the Shoah \ 4. September 11, 2001: Religion Reviled and Revived \ 5. Belief and the Trauma of 'Events' \ 6. Religion as Ground Zero? \ 7. Speaking of God in a Time of Terror \ Further Reading
Bibliography \ Index

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