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Exploring Moral Injury in Sacred Texts
McDonald, Joseph, editor

London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017 pp. 211. $80.00

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Studies in Religion and Theology


Description: Moral injury is a profound violation of a human being's core moral identity through experiences of violence or trauma. This is the first book in which scholars from different faith and academic backgrounds consider the concept of moral injury not merely from a pastoral or philosophical point of view but through critical engagement with the sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and American Civil Religion. This collection of essays explores the ambiguities of personal culpability among both perpetrators and victims of violence and the suffering involved in accepting personal agency in trauma. Contributors provide fresh and compelling readings of texts from different faith traditions and use their findings to reflect on real-life strategies for recovery from violations of core moral beliefs and their consequences such as shame, depression and addiction. With interpretations of the sacred texts, contributors reflect on the concerns of the morally-injured today and offer particular aspects of healing from their communities as support, making this a groundbreaking contribution to the study of moral injury and trauma.

Subjects: Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Psychology, Theological Approaches, Comparative Religion, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism

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Review by Joel Stephen Williams
Published 4/26/2018
Citation: Joel Stephen Williams, review of Joseph McDonald, ed., Exploring Moral Injury in Sacred Texts, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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