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Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining

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Rambo draws on contemporary studies in trauma to rethink a central claim of the Christian faith: that new life arises from death. Reexamining the narrative of the death and resurrection of Jesus from the middle day--liturgically named as Holy Saturday--she seeks a theology that addresses the experience of living in the aftermath of trauma. Through a reinterpretation of "re ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Westminster John Knox Press
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When I saw the forward by Catherine Keller, I knew this book would be an issue. As a theology student at the graduate level and a person with a severe trauma history, I found this book borderline offensive to my personal faith and experience. Developing a study that addresses the Trinitarian God is difficult enough without incorporating process theology into the mix. For a more proper theological understanding of God with regard to trauma, pick up Jennifer Beste's book "God and the Victim: Traum ...more
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dense but good read on a Holy Saturday reading/view of trauma.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
In Spirit and Trauma, Shelly Rambo looks at the cross through the lens of trauma. In particular, she focuses on the often overlooked realm of Holy Saturday. In this sense, she views love as what remains in the aftermath of violence and trauma. Many theologies tend to jump quickly to the resurrection as the focal point of Jesus’ crucifixion, or focus too much on the idea of suffering love. Rambo, however, ‘remains’ on Saturday, linking Jesus’ descent into hell and subsequent appearances after the ...more
Jan 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book is very important. It talks about the holes in typical Christian theology, where God and Christ are portrayed as victorious and crusading. What good does that do for people whose lives are broken and burned by trauma of any sort? This book offers a compelling and deeply true alternative: a God whose love is limping, weary, exhausted, never dying. That's the God or person I want on my team, not the one who gets everything right and always wins but the one who keeps going through the wor ...more
Sep 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
It had so much potential, and even insight (Holy Saturday), but was fatally marred by process theology, a need for heterodox innovation, and "edginess." Only the perspective of trauma and a few minor insights prevented the book from being a total bomb; its best feature has been giving me a new lens of application to go re-read Moltmann.
Mar 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I give this five stars because she's trying something new and trying to say things that so often stay hidden. I love her for that.
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Overall interesting theological concept and a new way of reframing the crucifixion. But got bogged down in the details in the middle. Still recommend though
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“Language falters in the abyss; it fractures at the site of trauma. We need to find a different way of speaking from the depths, reclaiming the notion that language about God is always fractured language, always broken, and never complete.” 1 likes
“The challenge of trauma is the challenge of witnessing to a phenomenon that exceeds the categories by which we make sense of the world.” 1 likes
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