On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Words of Jesus

On This Rock: A Call to Center the Christian Response to Child Abuse on the Life and Words of Jesus

by Victor I. Vieth, Winston D. Persaud

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Overview

Jesus was the descendant of sexually exploited women, narrowly survived a child homicide, and grew up to be the world's most prominent defender of children. Jesus reserved his harshest words for those who abused or neglected children and went so far as to say our treatment of children says everything about our view of God. Although the early church took this message to heart and distinguished itself by its treatment of children, this message has been distorted or ignored by many modern Christian leaders. As a result, the church has often failed to protect children from abuse and, in many instances, has contributed to their maltreatment. In this insightful book, Christian theologian and internationally recognized child abuse expert Victor Vieth examines the role of Jesus' life and teachings in reducing child abuse in the New Testament world. Vieth urges Christians to once again take seriously everything Jesus had to say about children. Using the teachings of Jesus as a blueprint, Vieth sets forth a proposal for church reform to prevent many cases of abuse, improve the pastoral care of survivors of abuse, and witness to the world that Christian faith shows itself in service to children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781532650017
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/19/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Victor I. Vieth is a former prosecutor who went on to direct the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse. He is also the founder of the National Child Protection Training Center, the president of the Academy on Violence and Abuse, and serves on the board of directors of GRACE. His honors include the Pro Humanitate Award from the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare. His degrees include an MA from Wartburg Theological Seminary.

Table of Contents

Foreword Boz Tchividjian ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction Winston D. Persaud xv

1 Welcoming Children as Christ's Messengers 1

2 Like a Footprint in Wet Cement: The Prevalence and Impact of Child Abuse in the Modern Era 5

3 Attitudes toward Children in the New Testament Era 9

4 Child Abuse at the Time of Christ 12

5 Jesus as a Child: The Impact of the Incarnation on the Treatment of Children 17

6 Jesus and the Children 20

7 Child Abuse and Christ: What Did Jesus Know and When Did He Know It? 31

8 Early Christian Responses to Child Abuse 35

9 Modern Christian Responses to Child Abuse 38

10 Centering Christian Responses to Child Abuse on the Words of Christ 46

11 Conclusion: The Light of the World 55

Bibliography 57

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