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Exploring Moral Injury in Sacred Texts


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Foreword - Jonathan Shay; Introduction - Joseph McDonald, PhD, Visiting Instructor at Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School; 1. Soul Repair: A Jewish View - David R. Blumenthal, PhD, Jay and Leslie Cohen Professor of Judaic Studies, Emory University; 2. Sodom and Lot's Family: Moral Injury in Genesis 19 - Nancy Bowen, PhD, Professor of Old Testament, Earlham School of Religion; 3. "The Most Beautiful of Stories": A Muslim Reflection on the Qur'an and Moral Injury - Amir Hussain, PhD, Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University; 4. Moral Injury and the Division of Spoils after Battle in the Hebrew Bible - Brad Kelle, PhD, Professor of Old Testament, Point Loma Nazarene University; 5. Civil Religion and the Moral Wounds of War - Daniel C. Maguire, STD, Professor of Theological Ethics, Marquette University; 6. Like acid seeping into your soul: Religio-cultural Violence in Moral Injury - Kelly Denton-Borhaug, PhD, Associate Professor of Religion and Co-director of Peace and Justice Studies, Moravian College; 7. Do Not Torment Me: The Morally-Injured Gersaene Demoniac - Michael Yandell, Theological Studies PhD student, Emory University; 8. Peter and Judas: Moral Injury and Repair - Warren Carter, PhD, Professor of New Testament, Brite Divinity School; 9. Buddhist Scripture and Moral Injury: Reflections on the Story of A?gulimala - John Thompson, PhD, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Christopher Newport University; Conclusion; Afterword - Rita Brock PhD, Research Professor of Theology and Culture, Brite Divinity School, and Founding Co-Director, The Soul Repair Center; References

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A collection of essays looking at moral injury through critical engagement with sacred texts from different world faiths

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Joseph McDonald is a Visiting Instructor at Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School.


This book is a powerful impetus to understanding the full spectrum of moral injury and moral rehabilitation. -- John Dominic Crossan, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University, Chicago, IL.
A highly valuable collection for those engaging with religion and trauma studies. -- Karen L. King, Harvard Divinity School
This may be the most important, authentic, and enjoyable volume yet written on moral injury. Each deliciously crafted essay explores new territory in the moral injury landscape using passages from ancient and revered writings as guides. The whole powerfully affirms the role of moral living-and its sometimes heartbreaking challenges-in the center of human experience. -- William P. Nash, MD, Director of Psychological Health for the U.S. Marine Corps

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