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A Violent God-Image: An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann [Hardcover]

By Matthias Beier (Author)
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Pages   388
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.38" Height: 1.16"
Weight:   1.68 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2004
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826415849  
EAN  9780826415844  

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Theologian and psychotherapist Eugen Drewermann has been the most significant, the most prolific, and the best-selling theological writer in the German language over the past quarter century. Drewermann shows that religion, including Christianity, turns violent mentally, spiritually, and even physically if it uses fear as a motive for faith fear of exclusion from the group, fear of hell, and fear of God. At the heart of Drewermann s nonviolent interpretation of key Christian beliefs is his analysis of a violent image of God that characterizes traditional interpretations of sin and the cross. It is this God-image, opposed to human desires and self-realization, that sanctified the killings of millions of peoples in wars declared to be just and legitimated the violent exploitation of nonhuman nature and the aggressive economic exploitation of non-Christian cultures. The sheer enormity of Drewermann s principal books has thwarted publication of his works in English translation to date. His empathic critique of the clerical mentality, ideology, and culture (The Cleric), based on his psychotherapeutic work with clergy, led to his being silenced by Roman Catholic authorities in 1991 and suspended from the priesthood in 1992. This is the first full-length introduction to Drewermann in English and includes extensive quotations from his works.

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Continuum Publications dares to permit an unorthodox approach to the Christian message.  Feb 19, 2007
A welcomed translation and interpretation of timely research on war and violence by an eminent scholar. It ought to be read by just war theorists, political hawks and doves, and opinionated religious dogamitists.
How my cat started to love Eugen Drewerman ...  Dec 16, 2005
Our cat always sits attentively next to me and my notebook computer when I am writing reviews. Today, however, she sits on the CD player, because from this the voice of Eugen Drewermann (*1940, a Mahatma Ghandi type from the small German town Paderborn) sounds strangely instead of blues. I explain to my cat, which through and through doubtingly stares at me with her yellow owl eyes, that Drewermann also has written a book "about the immortality of the animals" and that he makes well in this a bit again of that one which has done the church to particularly black cats in the Middle Ages: these were crucified namely instead, if enough witches did not queue to the burning. My cat starts increasingly more interested and benevolently to listen to the warm reading voice of Eugen Drewermann. Under the protection of a jumper always like a Prince Eisenherz (a famous European Cartoon-Hero) Drewerman rides against Rome - courageous in the case of doubt he prefers against the church the Freudian psychoanalysis. He has written about the fairytale Andersens of the sea virgin very profoundly and also very much touching about love and eroticism. And since we look just to Scandinavia (because that sea virgin-sculpture sits in the port of Copenhagen): The Danish Bishop Lise Lotte Rebel has just suspended the priest Thorkild Grosboll from the service in Lyngby-Taarbaek at Copenhagen, because he does not want to imagine God like an old man with a white beard any more. This also could have happened to Drewermann in Germany, oh no, it already has happened to him long ago: In 1991 he got sermon ban and was suspended from the priesthood. There are always troublemakers like Drewermann or Thorkild Grosboll or still famous: Luther. Of course Drewermann also has written over Giordano Bruno which was brought from the pope to the stakes. And of course also against the mischief of making wars. Actually Eugen Drewermann would be the best conceivable pope. But this will never happen. Therefore he has fulfilled a wish, cherished for a long time, on the occasion of his 65th birthday himself: He has withdrawn from the Roman Catholic church. This is very easy: In the corridor of the most nearest district court you have to find the room with the application forms. After all: his voice on CD and his thinking about the useable contents of the Christianity, indiscriminately all institutional rough mistakes: this voice declaring patiently, whispering along like a gutter monotonously can be bought (for Germans - in the USA you shoud read this book "Violent God-Image: An Introduction to the Work of Eugen Drewermann"). Our cat on the CD player has begun in the meantime to purr comfortably. Drewermann has reached at least this now, such a kind of Robin Hood in the Bible woods, a Wilhelm Tell who does not want to greet ever a pope, a type Asterix with a small horde of church critical harvest funny in the background which are always happy when they rediscover him in any TV talkshow. Where he gave his church leaving having been carried out in that last one of Sandra Maischberger, German television. Of course Drewermann has constant opponents and the new German Pope Joseph Ratzinger is not one of his friends. Pope Benedikt the XVI. (the English church critical bishop John Shelby Spong wrote mockingly "the Pit Bull of orthodoxy ") surely has something else on the day schedule than to read a Drewermann-introduction. But you should do so ...
Drewermann shows the emperor is naked  Mar 26, 2005
As an European reader of books of Eugen Drewermann, and as a christian believer, I'm delighted that there is an english introduction of his work for the Drewermann shows a remarkable analysis of the Christian belief, shows why it can be lifesaving. With a lot of psychological insights.
But he teaches not the same as orthodox christians do. Their belief is often a belief of fear, Drewermann argues. He advocates a belief of trust.
I think, the U.S. (especially the Christians in this country) needs this kind of counterbalance. Nowadays it seems that this country is in the grip of fear. But fear is no option, for Christians.
A fascinating read!  Jul 6, 2004
This is tough but what a rewarding read.
Finally a book that not only touches on so many existential questions but offers an explanation and a road map to how can humans through psychoanalysis free themselves of anxieties and existential fears through understanding how they first fell under the bondage of fear. The fascinating analysis of a violent God image is a must read for any serious thinker.

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