Horror and Its Aftermath: Reconsidering Theology and Human Experience
Author: Sally Stamper
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Theological anthropology often brings psychology to bear on the contingent nature of human existence in relationship to God. In Horror and Its Aftermath: Reconsidering Theology and Human Experience, a volume from the Emerging Scholars series, Sally Stamper articulates one modern trajectory of theological recourse to psychology (comprising Schleiermacher, Nietzsche, and Tillich) as the ground on which she brings clinical psychoanalytic theory and early childhood studies into conversation with fundamental questions about the relationship of God to human suffering and its remediation.
Stamper develops her argument from the assertions that human experience evolves within an awareness of human vulnerability to profound suffering and that insight into consequent human anxiety is a powerful resource for soteriology, eschatology, and theological anthropology. She narrates this 'normative anxiety' by integrating object relations theories of early childhood development and critical readings of literary texts for young children. Building upon Marilyn McCord Adams's treatment of horror-participation and Jonathan Lear's argument for radical hope, Stamper develops a complex argument that gestures toward a new eschatological vision that poses the radical otherness of a transcendent God as key to divine remediation of human suffering.
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