Journal Article

Atrocity and Ambiguity: Recent Developments in Christian Holocaust Responses

Sarah K. Pinnock

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 75, issue 3, pages 499-523
Published in print September 2007 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online August 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
Atrocity and Ambiguity: Recent Developments in Christian Holocaust Responses

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Christian Holocaust scholars insist that historical atrocity should catalyze religious change. Many established Holocaust theologians presume that the antidote to anti-Judaism involves identifying an authentic version of Christian faith lacking moral blemish. However, recent responses tend to view the Bible and the Christian tradition as irreducibly ambiguous. These new responses foreground perpetrator perspectives and correlate developments in theological reflection with evolving public Holocaust representations. They are distinctive in advocating careful examination of biographical connections to the Holocaust, including family, religious, and national identification. In significant ways, emphasis on ambiguity in recent Christian Holocaust thought provides critical leverage on the redemptive tendencies of popular Holocaust remembrance in the United States.

Journal Article.  8700 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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