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Author Vasko, Elisabeth T., author

Title Beyond apathy : a theology for bystanders / Elizabeth T. Vasko
Published Baltimore, Md. : Project Muse, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (1 PDF (viii, 269 pages))
Series UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction : bystanders as a critical locus for theological reflection -- Violence, hiddenness, and the human condition : a closer look at gay bashing and slut shaming -- Bypassing redemption : white racial privilege and Christian apathy -- Lament from "the other side" : sin-talk for bystanders -- The Syro-Phoenician woman : disrupting christological complacency -- Grace as dis-ease : toward a soteriological praxis for bystanders -- Conclusion
Summary Theological conversations about violence have typically framed the discussion in terms of victim and perpetrator. Such work, while important, only addresses part of the problem. Comprehensive theological and pastoral responses to violence must also address the role of collective passivity in the face of human denigration. Given the pervasiveness of inaction--whether in the form of denial, willful ignorance, or silent complicity--a theological reflection on violence that holds bystanders accountable, especially those who occupy social sites of privilege, is long overdue. In Beyond Apathy, Elisabeth T. Vasko utilizes resources within the Christian tradition to examine the theological significance of bystander participation in patterns of violence and violation within contemporary Western culture, giving particular attention to the social issues of bullying, white racism, and sexual violence. In doing so, she constructs a theology of redeeming grace for bystanders to violence that foregrounds the significance of social action in bringing about God's basileia
Notes Issued as part of UPCC book collections on Project MUSE
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-264) and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Apathy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Bystander effect -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
Christian ethics.
Violence -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Form Electronic book
Author Project Muse, distributor
Project Muse.
ISBN 1451469292