Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Addressing the Wounds of Racism Through the Lens of Moral Injury: A Qualitative Study Drawing on Black Liberation And Womanist Theology
by Gordon, Gene M., D.Min., Lancaster Theological Seminary, 2019, 160; 13865980
Abstract (Summary)

Although Black Liberation and Womanist Theologies have unlocked a profound conversation on praxis for oppressed people, they have not included, in large measure, the guidance to be gained from an intersection with Moral Injury Theory. An argument is presented, the purpose of which is to show how Black Liberation Theology enhances Moral Injury Theory and how Moral Injury Theory provides tools for addressing the effects of racism. In so doing, the concept of moral injury strengthens Black Liberation Theology by expanding its resolve to serve within communities affected by racism and indeed with all humanity. In addition, the theology of liberation may provide support for the spiritual attempt to encourage sufferers of moral injury through transcendent concepts such as forgiveness, reconciliation, and perhaps even atonement. This project also provides pastors, chaplains, and others with the kind of understandings and motivations that will assist them in meeting the needs of parishioners who may be struggling with the despair of the hidden wounds of racism that display the symptoms of moral injury.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stephens, Darryl W.
Commitee: Thayer, Anne T.
School: Lancaster Theological Seminary
Department: Ministry
School Location: United States -- Pennsylvania
Source: DAI-A 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Theology, Religious education, Ethnic studies, Gender studies
Keywords: Black liberation theology, Moral injury-civilian, Moral injury-military, Moral injury-racial, Racism, Womanist theology
Publication Number: 13865980
ISBN: 9781392137635
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