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Surviving terror : hope and justice in a world of violence
Erickson, Victoria Lee, 1955-
Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Brazos Press, [2002]

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334 pages ; 23 cm
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BT736.15 .S87 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Terror -- the threat or act of horrifying violence -- has long been a reality around the world. And after the enormous evil of September 11, 2001, even relatively insulated Americans cannot ignore the terrible effects and possibilities of lethal violence.In Surviving Terror, Victoria Lee Erickson and Michelle Lim Jones have gathered an astonishing collection of essays that calls the church to respond to terror. Focusing on political, religious, spiritual, and other forms of terror, the essays provide a range of perspectives, from the historical and autobiographical to the theological and political.The contributors to this striking and important book have all been inspired by the life and work of Korean minjung theologian David Kwang-sun Suh. They include such distinguished thinkers as Jurgen Moltmann, Kosuke Koyama, James Cone, and Katherine H.S. Moon. Surviving Terror is vital reading for ethicists, sociologists, theologians, political scientists, and those concerned with Southeast Asian political affairs.

Author Notes

VICTORIA LEE ERICKSON is a chaplain at Drew University, where she also teaches sociology. MICHELLE LIM JONES is a Ph.D. candidate in systematic theology at Drew University.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

In the aftermath of September 11, individuals have not ceased to ask why the United States has become the target of terrorists. But the authors of Surviving Terror: Hope and Justice in a World of Violence had already finished all of their essays by the summer of 2001 and sent them to editors Victoria Lee Erickson and Michelle Lim Jones. Their anthology is distinguished by its international cast of contributors; essayists include James Cone, Jergen Moltmann, Peter Ochs, Kosuke Koyama and Luis Rivera-Pag n. They explore terrorism in the Bible, in the Japanese occupation of Korea and in the legacy of African-American slavery, among other things. Although the book's tone is decidedly academic, it offers a substantial and timely contribution to the literature on religion and justice. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Erickson, an associate professor of the sociology of religion at Drew University, and Jones, a doctoral student in religion at that same institution, are interested in feminist issues, which are, in turn, concerned with human violence and its resultant terror. Terror, the editors claim, "aims at inducing emotional reactions which will tear the fabric of social life apart" a timely thesis in light of the September 11 attacks. Loosely organized around four themes (history and terror, politics and sociology of terror, theological leadership, and the Gospel), the 21 essays collected here reflect on the social and human meaning of terror and offer Gospel-based strategies for transcending terror even when terror is embedded in religious practices. As in all anthologies, the quality of the writings varies. Probably the most significant work is Jrgen Moltmann's essay, which reiterates his theology of the tortured Christ. Suitable for libraries of seminaries and universities with large religion departments. David I. Fulton, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

David Kwang-sun SuhKosuke KoyamaDale T. IrvinAkintunde E. AkinadaJin Hee HanLuis N. Rivera-PaganDonald W. Shriver Jr.Tony CarnesVictoria Lee EricksonKatharine H. S. MoonJames H. ConeTimothy LightHisashi KajiwaraMichelle Lim JonesRobin ScroggsWalter J. Burghardt, S.J.Jurgen MoltmannHarold Dean TrulearJacqueline J. Lewis-TillmanAndrew Sung ParkPeter Ochs
Introductionp. 7
Part 1. History and Terror
1. Yearning for Freedom and Love in a Life of Terrorp. 17
2. Terror and Japan's Colonization of Korea 1910-1945p. 35
3. The Terror of History and the Memory of Redemption: Engaging the Ambiguities of the Christian Pastp. 43
4. Troubled but Not Destroyed: A Reflection on Terror and Redemption in Contemporary Africap. 56
5. Dethroning Violence and Terror: An Undercurrent in the Hebrew Biblep. 66
6. Prophecy and Patriotism: A Tragic Dilemma from the Cross of Terrorp. 87
Part 2. Politics and Sociology of Terror
7. The Terror in Ourselvesp. 105
8. Terror and Hope in the Minds of Russiansp. 123
9. Mapping Love and Terror: Walking the Terrain of I AM Who Is Being-Therep. 140
10. The Sexual Politics of Terrorp. 159
Part 3. Theological Leadership through Terror
11. Calling the Oppressors to Account for Four Centuries of Terrorp. 175
12. Systemic Theology: Preliminary Principlesp. 184
13. Faith and Redemption Revisited in the Japanese Contextp. 206
14. Korean Women's Christology: East Meets Westp. 216
Part 4. The Gospel Is Life in the Age of Terror
15. Threat and Terror in the New Testamentp. 235
16. Terror Next Door: A Homily on Extreme Fear in Our Midstp. 249
17. The Tortured Christp. 258
18. Terror and the Children of God: A Meditation on Fear and Ministry with Inner City Youthp. 267
19. God Hears Their Cries; God Dries Their Tearsp. 273
20. Self-Denial for Racists and Their Victims in Japan: A Homilyp. 277
Part 5. Reflections on Christian Understandings of Terror
21. Small Actions against Terror: Jewish Reflections on a Christian Witnessp. 287
Contributorsp. 305
Notesp. 309