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Grace in Auschwitz

Grace in Auschwitz: A Holocaust Christology

Author: 
Jean-Pierre Fortin (Author)
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Description

The postmodern human condition and relationship to God were forged in response to Auschwitz. Christian theology must now address the challenge posed by the Shoah. Grace in Auschwitz offers a constructive theology of grace that enables twenty-first-century Westerners to relate meaningfully to the Christian tradition in the wake of the Holocaust and unprecedented evil. Through narrative theological testimonial history, the first part articulates the human condition and relationship to God experienced by concentration camp inmates. The second part draws from the lives and works of Simone Weil, Dorothee Sölle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Alfred Delp, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Sergei Bulgakov to propose and apply a coherent kenotic model enabling the transposition of the Christian doctrine of grace into categories strongly correlating with the experience of Auschwitz survivors. This model centers on the vulnerable Jesus Christ, a God who takes on the burden of the human condition and freely suffers alongside and for human beings. In and through the person of Jesus, God is made present and active in the midst of spiritual desolation and destitution, providing humanity and solace to others.

 

ISBN: 
9781506405872
Price: 
$79.00
ISBN: 
9781506405889
Release date: 
September 1, 2016
Pages: 
315
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Contents

Foreword
Preface
Contents
Epigraph
Introduction

Part I: Entering Auschwitz
1. Interpreting Auschwitz: A Theologically Oriented Reading of History
2. The Human Predicament in Auschwitz

Part II: A Conversation in Kenotic Mode
3. Kenotic Christ: Salvation in Weakness
4. Western Christian and Auschwitz: Looking for Jesus Christ in Extermination Camps

Conclusion
Bibliography

Interviews

Check out this recent interview with Jean-Pierre Fortin and Tripp Fuller for the Homebrewed Christianity Podcast!

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