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A Violent God-Image: An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann Paperback – June 2, 2006
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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)
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"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 Drewermanns 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.... Drewermanns 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 Beiers 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 Drewermanns 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 churchs 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. Girards 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 Drewermanns 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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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.
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.