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Andrew Schmutzer: A Theology of Sexual Abuse: A Reflection on Creation and Devastation

The failure to support victims of sexual abuse will continue to imperil the church. Schmutzer contends that there is a need for some wounded within church leadership. Although I largely agree with this assessment, I have found that many churches are not receptive to such ministry. There is an all-too-common deception that abuse “does not happen here.” The churches that I was involved with thought the place to address these issues was at a specialized center of therapy rather than from the pulpit. Schmutzer has given a few concrete recommendations for ministering to the abused. This is a good start. Let us now continue the discussion.

Reviewed by Bradford McCall


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Category: Ministry, Pneuma Review, Winter 2010

About the Author: Bradford L. McCall, B.S. in Biology (Georgia Southwestern St. University, 2000), M.Div. (Asbury Theological Seminary, 2005), grew up on a cotton farm in south Georgia. A graduate student at Holy Apostles College and Seminary, Bradford has particular interest in teleology, causation and early modern philosophy.

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