"Your maxims are proverbs of ashes!" Thus spoke Job when his friends spouted pious platitudes in the face of his considerable suffering. Brock, a Harvard theologian, and Parker, a seminary president, echo Job's cry in this deep theological study of suffering and its role in the Christian faith. The two women became friends in graduate school and continued to meet after graduation, discussing their personal lives and how their experiences shaped their theology. "We were convinced Christianity could not promise healing for victims of intimate violence as long as its central image was a divine parent who required the death of his child," writes Brock. The two authors take turns communicating their views, sharing deep and painful traumas (such as Parker's childhood sexual abuse, estranged marriage and abortion) as they weigh the concept of "redemptive suffering." Too many Christian women, they argue, have remained in abusive situations because they have been taught that their suffering is necessary for spiritual growth. The authors are serious theologians, confidently challenging such explicators of the faith as Anselm and Abelard, Wesley and Whitehead. Readers may not agree with Brock and Parker that the fundamental Christian doctrine of Jesus' atonement is inherently dangerous and destructive for Christians, especially women. But they cannot help but be swayed by the book's searing passion and profoundly literary writing style (a remarkable achievement in a coauthored work). Brock and Parker have thrown down a gauntlet that cannot be ignored.
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Brock (director, Fellowship Program, Radcliffe Inst., Harvard Univ.) and Parker (president, Starr King Sch. for the Ministry, Graduate Theological Union) have written an intensely personal and provocative book. They aim to show that the theological assertion that God required the death of Jesus to save the world sanctions violence. This is not a theological text but more of a dual memoir in which the authors alternately tell the stories of their lives, emphasizing the violence that they have encountered. Basing theology on their own experiences is not a problem, but on balance, the narratives swamp the theological arguments presented here. The most telling indictment of the harmful effects of traditional Christian views comes from their stories of women who have stayed in abusive relationships because they felt that the church taught them to accept suffering passively, if not gratefully. A first step in an interesting but unfinished theological project, this is recommended for larger public libraries and academic libraries with religious studies and women's studies collections. Stephen Joseph, Butler Cty. Community Coll., PA
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The authors give a logical thesis for a radical change to atonement theology. Important, life-changing, freeing.Published 4 months ago by sjc
You won't like everything you read here, as it may make you rethink your theology.Published 8 months ago by writemaggie
Amazing reevaluation of cross theology that will make you consider the ramifications of violence in our theology in our world today.Published 12 months ago by Rachel Johnson
Amazing and inspiring, theologically revolutionary, personally devastatingly open and absolutely courageous. Read morePublished 21 months ago by CH
This book is written so well that I was able to read the entire book without being traumatized by the shocking stories it told. Read morePublished on May 18, 2013 by Amherstbelle
This book was part of the inspiration for my Master's thesis, in its description of how some Christian clerics may find themselves treating suffering, especially what is called... Read morePublished on May 14, 2012 by B. Marold
In Proverbs of Ashes, co-authors Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker tell the powerful stories of their lives and create a new theology that reflects their reality. Read morePublished on December 11, 2009 by Janie Beck
This was a good book although I think the authors may have revealed more than most of us wanted to know about their personal lives.Published on March 12, 2009 by Margie Miller
"Proverbs Of Ashes" starts out as a very promising attempt to formulate an alternative to the traditional "God-whacked-Jesus-instead-of-you" understanding of the Christian doctrine... Read morePublished on August 20, 2008 by James R. Cowles