God and the Victim: Theological Reflections on Evil, Victimization, Justice, and Forgiveness

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1999 - 316 páginas
A probing look at one of America's pressing social concerns--crime and the spiritual needs of those who suffer because of it. Headlines and nightly news programs remind us constantly of the reality of crime and victims who suffer from it. This important book is the first to make a theological exploration of the spiritual issues that victims face in the aftermath of crime and to offer practical advice for assisting those in need. Written by teachers, theologians, and practitioners well known for their expertise in the field, GOD AND THE VICTIM probes and examines issues of evil, justice, victimization, and forgiveness. Working from the view that crime is primarily a spiritual issue, the authors look at examples of victimization in the Bible for guidance about we can better minister to victims today. Readers of the book will attain a deeper understanding of what crime victims experience, insight into their practical and spiritual needs, and concrete suggestions for giving wise and sensitive help. Including thought-provoking sidebars and study guides for personal or group use, this volume is the best av! ailable resource for readers ranging from pastors and counselors to individuals whose own lives have been impacted by crime.
 

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Finding God in the Wake of Crime Answers to Hard Questions
1
Original Crime Primal Care
17
The Mark of Evil
36
Responsibility toward Victims Rights
61
Go and Do Likewise The Churchs Role in Caring for Crime Victims
70
Victimization and Healing The Biblical View
89
The Contours of Justice An Ancient Call for Shalom
107
Restoring Justice
131
Assisting Crime Victims A Continuum of Care
217
The Spiritual Problem of Crime A Pastors Call
235
Study Guide
251
Recommended Reading
298
About Neighbors Who Care
301
Neighbors Who Care Ministry Resources
303
Acknowledgments
305
NWC Theological Forum Participants
307

Behold I Make All Things New
160
Every Knee Shall Bow
183
Forgive and Forget and Other Myths of Forgiveness
199
Contributors
311
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