Religion At Ground Zero
This title explores theological responses to human tragedy and cultural shock in order to analyze the peril and promise of speaking to God in times of terror. 'The world will never be the same!' How many times have human beings...
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This title explores theological responses to human tragedy and cultural shock in order to analyze the peril and promise of speaking to God in times of terror. '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, 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 that exists 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, this book engages with the work of Slavoj Zizek, 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.
Christopher Brittain (Ph.D., University of St. Michael 's College, University of Toronto is Lecturer in Practical Theology in the University of Aberdeen. Prior to that he was Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Canada. He is a specialist in the the Frankfurt School and has written Adorno and Theology (Philosophy and Theology series; Continuum)
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- 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.