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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (June 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082641835X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826418357
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,119,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Beier has done us a very great favor in opening the door upon the work of Drewermann so well and wisely, for American scholars and interested, informed laypersons as well. This work is essential reading for every biblical scholar, every psychologist, particularly psychologists of religion, and professionals in the field of theology, ethics, and pastoral care. See your bed and buy this book!' —Journal of Psychology and Christianity (Journal Of Psychology and Christianity)



'Beier has done us a very great favor in opening the door upon the work of Drewermann so well and wisely, for American scholars and interested, informed laypersons as well. This work is essential reading for every biblical scholar, every psychologist, particularly psychologists of religion, and professionals in the field of theology, ethics, and pastoral care. See your bed and buy this book!' –Journal of Psychology and Christianity (Journal Of Psychology and Christianity)

Beier’s synthesis is scrupulously faithful to Drewermann’s thought and includes extensive translations from original text. This is a deeply thought-provoking book which challenged our understanding of original sin, the crucifixion of Jesus, church authority and the political and cultural givens which control so much of our thought and behavior in society and church.” –Professor Sandra Schneiders, Graduate Theological

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Praise for A Violent God-Image "Drewermann's contribution is indispensable for two reasons: because he takes mental/spiritual suffering seriously and works for the liberation of those who, 'crippled by fear all their lives, are prevented from risking themselves.' Secondly, because he does something for the world-wide church that Latin-American liberation theologians cannot achieve but need: he challenges the mega institution's attempt to stabilize power by means of fear and names authoritarian religion 'a form of violence.'" — Dorothee Sölle, author of The Silent Cry and Suffering

"Thank you, Matthias Beier, for introducing Eugen Drewermann to American pastoral theologians and pastoral psychotherapists. A Violent God-Image is a gift to psychotherapists and should be added to our pastoral theology canon. Drawing upon his depth of personal experience and brilliant scholarship, Eugen Drewermann also understands violence through the lens of depth psychology. His insights about the biological and psychological origins of violence can be directly applied to clinical practice. However, A Violent God-Image deserves a wider audience. The world is desperate for Drewermann’s wisdom in this fearful time." —Margaret Kornfeld, Past President, American Association of Pastoral Counselors, author of Cultivating Wholeness: A Guide to Care and Counseling in Faith Communities

"A Violent God-image is the first theological treatment I have seen that takes the integration of psychoanalysis and religion seriously. The result is a profoundly more human cast to otherwise abstract theological propositions.... Drewermann’s approach ... opens the way to a potential new era of theological reflection centered on the integration of theological principles and doctrines with fundamental human concerns and psychic realities.... I would recommend Beier’s treatise for its inherent interest and for its potential for stimulating more psychologically meaningful theological reflection." — W. W. Meissner, author of Psychoanalysis and Religious Experience and Treatment of Patients in the Borderline Spectrum

"This first full-length volume in English on the thought of Eugen Drewermann is a welcome and long-overdue introduction to the groundbreaking work of the most prolific theological writer in the German language over the past twenty years.… We are indebted to Beier for undertaking a translation task only a native German speaker could accomplish, given the complexity and technicality of Drewermann’s prose." –Review of Biblical Literature, 2005

"A fascinating book! Beier brings to an English-speaking audience a profound and challenging Christian voice from Germany. In his homeland that voice has elicited the twin responses of excitement from a reading public that made his works bestsellers and of fear from his church’s hierarchy that sought to silence him. The book will be welcomed by those who labor on that frontier where faith and life collide." —John Shelby Spong, author of A New Christianity for a New World

"Our time has known two thinkers of dazzling brilliance: the German Eugen Drewermann and the French René Girard. Girard’s thought has penetrated numerous fields: literary criticism, psychoanalysis, economics, and, not least, theology. Though a sensation in Europe, Drewermann is virtually unknown in America, due to the lack of translation. Matthias Beier has done the next best thing: he has provided a condensation and commentary that makes Drewermann’s thought accessible, in hopes that some enterprising press will see to the publication of more by this seminal thinker." —Walter Wink, author of The Human Being: Jesus and the Enigma of the Son of Man --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is tough but what a rewarding read.
Finally a book that not only touches on so many existential questions but offers an explanation and a road map to how can humans through psychoanalysis free themselves of anxieties and existential fears through understanding how they first fell under the bondage of fear. The fascinating analysis of a violent God image is a must read for any serious thinker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean-pierre Petits on September 15, 2008
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This excellent book will be a delight for students in psychiatry and of theology it takes a novel approach in studying the evolution of God's image in our subconscient. It explains why our culture is so violent and revengeful, and why our politicians often ended up committing adultery, because our modern religions have become so loaded with guilt and sin. I recommend that you read it a half a page at a time and savour the meaning, not to lose its rich juices and rich meaning it is loaded with. If you do that you will be immersed in a new God's understanding and that may change your life for the better.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Cavanagh on February 19, 2007
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A welcomed translation and interpretation of timely research on war and violence by an eminent scholar. It ought to be read by just war theorists, political hawks and doves, and opinionated religious dogamitists.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. H. De Groot on March 25, 2005
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As an European reader of books of Eugen Drewermann, and as a christian believer, I'm delighted that there is an english introduction of his work for the U.S.market. Drewermann shows a remarkable analysis of the Christian belief, shows why it can be lifesaving. With a lot of psychological insights.

But he teaches not the same as orthodox christians do. Their belief is often a belief of fear, Drewermann argues. He advocates a belief of trust.

I think, the U.S. (especially the Christians in this country) needs this kind of counterbalance. Nowadays it seems that this country is in the grip of fear. But fear is no option, for Christians.
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11 of 22 people found the following review helpful By FrizzText on December 16, 2005
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Our cat always sits attentively next to me and my notebook computer when I am writing reviews. Today, however, she sits on the CD player, because from this the voice of Eugen Drewermann (*1940, a Mahatma Ghandi type from the small German town Paderborn) sounds strangely instead of blues. I explain to my cat, which through and through doubtingly stares at me with her yellow owl eyes, that Drewermann also has written a book "about the immortality of the animals" and that he makes well in this a bit again of that one which has done the church to particularly black cats in the Middle Ages: these were crucified namely instead, if enough witches did not queue to the burning. My cat starts increasingly more interested and benevolently to listen to the warm reading voice of Eugen Drewermann. Under the protection of a jumper always like a Prince Eisenherz (a famous European Cartoon-Hero) Drewerman rides against Rome - courageous in the case of doubt he prefers against the church the Freudian psychoanalysis. He has written about the fairytale Andersens of the sea virgin very profoundly and also very much touching about love and eroticism. And since we look just to Scandinavia (because that sea virgin-sculpture sits in the port of Copenhagen): The Danish Bishop Lise Lotte Rebel has just suspended the priest Thorkild Grosboll from the service in Lyngby-Taarbaek at Copenhagen, because he does not want to imagine God like an old man with a white beard any more. This also could have happened to Drewermann in Germany, oh no, it already has happened to him long ago: In 1991 he got sermon ban and was suspended from the priesthood. There are always troublemakers like Drewermann or Thorkild Grosboll or still famous: Luther.Read more ›
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