Date of Award

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (Christian Studies) - MA (CSt)

Department

Theology

First Advisor/Committee Member

Sara M. Koenig, Ph.D., Professor of Biblical Studies

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Marcia Webb, M.Div., Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Keywords

Adult child sexual abuse victims; Atonement; Dignity—Religious aspects—Christianity; Forgiveness—Religious aspects—Christianity; Hope—Religious aspects—Christianity; Image of God; Jesus Christ—Crucifixion; Jesus Christ—Incarnation; Jesus Christ—Person and offices; Jesus Christ—Resurrection; Memory—Religious aspects—Christianity; Psychic trauma—Religious aspects—Christianity; Reconciliation—Religious aspects—Christianity; Redemption; Sexual abuse victims—Religious life—Christianity; Suffering—Religious aspects—Christianity

Abstract

“Where can sexual abuse survivors find hope in God?” In order to seek an answer to this question, I turned to the person and work of Christ. My hope and belief are that through looking at the person and work of Jesus, where fullness of God was pleased to dwell, we might be able to find the message that God is speaking to God’s hurting children. What is God telling us about Godself, about sexual abuse survivors, and about all God’s people through Jesus’ incarnation, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection, as well as through the eternal Lamb? Much has been written about the impact of sexual abuse and the urgency of developing church praxis to address and prevent it, but less has been written on how God brings hope to sexual abuse survivors through the invisible Word of God incarnate, suffering and overcoming death. This thesis is an attempt to fill that important missing piece.

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