Item description for The Child's Song by Donald Capps...
Overview This book is about reconciliation and the healing of the child self--"the mutilated soul"--that all adults carry within themselves. Using the biblical image of the Garden, the author draws from the same biblical tradition that has contributed to the physical and emotional abuse of children to envision and initiate the healing process.
Theological ideas and biblical injunctions have frequently been employed to legitimate the physical abuse of children. Some theological ideas are inherently abusive because they create fear in a child's mind, causing a child to feel alone, odd, and of little worth. Donald Capps exposes the abuses that theology and the Bible have inflicted on vast numbers of children. In particular, he is concerned with the "hidden" abuses of children by well-intentioned adults and the role that religion plays in the legitimation of these abuses.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.97" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 066425554X ISBN13 9780664255541
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More About Donald Capps
Donald Capps is Princeton Theological Seminary's William Harte Felmeth Professor of Pastoral Theology and an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is the author of numerous books, including Jesus: A Psychological Biography, Fragile Connections, and Giving Counsel from Chalice Press.
Donald Capps currently resides in Princeton, in the state of New Jersey. Donald Capps has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton Theological Seminary Princeton Theological Seminary, USA Pri.
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Important but disturbing May 2, 2001
This book is an important but disturbing look at the mixed messages and hidden curriculum in modern churches. Congregations which paradoxically use blind obediance while asking one to trust a loving God who kills can either provoke a crisis of personality or a self-destructive impulse in children/teens/then adults. Christianity has too long been an adult dominated, child exploiting patriarch which vehemently denies children (and often women's) rights to life, self, happiness, and proclamation.