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Broken Gospel?: Christianity and the Holocaust
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Broken Gospel?: Christianity and the Holocaust (Paperback)


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Synopsis

The Holocaust lies, often

unacknowledged, near the heart of our contemporary crisis of religious faith.

The horrific fruit of two millennia of Christian antisemitism, the slaughter

calls into sharp question the moral and intellectual credibility of the Churches

and the Christian faith itself. Can Christianity ever recover? In Broken

Gospel? Peter Waddell suggests that it can, but only by facing

unflinchingly the history that paved the way for the Nazi genocide, and the

Churches' sins of omission and commission as it took place.







Engaging

with both Christian and Jewish scholarship, Waddell also approaches with

sensitivity the theological issues that arise from the horror: questions of how

the claimed holiness of the Church relates to its wickedness; of

Christian-Jewish relations; of prayer and providence; of heaven and hell, and

the faint possibility of forgiveness. Scholars, clergy and general readers

alike will be challenged by this exercise in repentance and reconstruction, and

inspired by the possibility it offers for Christian theology and practice to

flourish once more.







Peter Waddell is Vicar of Abbots Langley and Bedmond in the Diocese of St Albans. After receiving a doctorate in theology from the University of Cambridge, he taught theology there and subsequently at the University of Winchester, where he remains a Visiting Research Fellow. He is the author of Joy: The Meaning of the Sacraments and Charles Gore: Radical Anglican.

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