Deliver Us from Evil: Resisting Racial and Gender Oppression

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Fortress Press, Jan 1, 1996 - Social Science - 220 pages
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Deliver Us From Evil explores the history of resistance to racial and gender oppression-from a slave woman in nineteenth-century America to a woman patient of Sigmund Freud-and traces the failed promises of the American Revolution in the oppression of subordinate groups. Poling reviews resistance by analyzing communities that understand evil as the abuse of power. Also treated are definitions of evil and debates between womanist and feminist theologians. Jesus emerges as a model for marginalized and oppressed people, as Poling calls for prophetic acts of solidarity to create new possibilities for healing and justice.
  

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Contents

RACE GENDER AND WHITE SUPREMACY The Case of Harriet Jacobs
3
WOMEN AND MALE DOMINANCE The Case of Freud and Dora
20
THE REVOLUTION BETRAYED How Freedom Was Suppressed
41
EMANCIPATION FOR WHOM? How Racism and Sexism Survived Reconstruction
63
CONTEMPORARY RESISTANCE AND BETRAYAL
84
RESISTING EVIL IN THE NAME OF JESUS
101
UNDERSTANDING RESISTANCE TO EVIL
103
DEFINING EVIL
110
REIMAGINING JESUS RESISTANCE TO EVIL
136
JESUS AS RELIGIOUS RESISTER
156
PRACTICING GOODNESS
175
NOTES
179
BIBLIOGRAPHY
199
INDEX
217
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James Newton Poling is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Counseling, Colgate Rochester Divinity School/Bexley Hall/Crozer Theological Seminary.

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