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Pro Ecclesia Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Paul J. Griffiths

In her fine book, Light in Darkness, Alyssa Pitstick undertakes two enterprises.2 The first is a retrieval and formulation of what she calls the traditional doctrine of the descent, by which she means the church’s constant teaching about what Christ did between his death on Good Friday afternoon and his Resurrection on the morning of Easter Day. And the second is exegesis of and commentary upon Hans Urs von Balthasar’s teaching on the same matter, whose upshot is to show that the two bodies of teaching are irreconcilable. Her work, as she presents it, is thus partly reconstructive in positive-theological mode, and partly polemical: she wants to establish the bounds of orthodoxy on her topic and to show that von Balthasar’s view of it stands outside those bounds. In the comments that follow I shall assume that her interpretation of von Balthasar is correct, and will engage her critically only on the question of whether there is a traditional doctrine of the descent and, if so, what it is. This is not to say that I take her to be correct about von Balthasar. I have insufficient expertise to make it proper for me to venture an opinion one way or another on that question. It is only to say that I bracket altogether the question about von Balthasar, addressing Pitstick instead only on the question of her understanding of the authority she attributes to what she calls the traditional doctrine of the descent. I shall try to show that what she says about this drastically overestimates the extent to which there is settled doctrine on this topic, and therefore also misconstrues the nature of her own enterprise.

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CHAPTER FOUR: The therapeutic needs of those fleeing persecution and violence, now and in the future

Karnac Books ePub

Lennox K. Thomas


The maxim of “a stitch in time saves nine” needs to be borne in mind when thinking about and planning therapeutic T work with refugees. For all the experiences of persecution and torture in their country and the estrangement in their place of refuge, some sense has to be made of the experiences. Greater planning needs to take place in order to ensure better mental health services for refugees and asylum seekers. This is not just important at the point of arrival but for the future, particularly for children and young people. Many professionals could be helpful in that process, among them general medical practitioners as the first line of contact, then schools, and psychotherapists. Therapists are more likely to attend to people who are experiencing psychological and emotional problems, but there are others involved in hospitalization, religious counselling, or other assistance who might also need to be able to understand the cultural context of the psychological presentation. In that regard, the planning of services might require the input of social and medical anthropologists, whose understanding of culture and symptomatology will be helpful. Because being a refugee is not a normal part of life and is therefore something that most people will be unlikely to experience, some asylum seekers will need help with the process of resettlement. While for some the move from one country culture, and language might be relatively unproblematic and taken on as one of life's challenges, others might want help for a variety of reasons. For many, there may be needs as a result of the trauma they experienced, as well as a call for legal support with their asylum claim. Not everyone who is referred for therapy will need it at that time, or at any other time for that matter.

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C. H. Sisson Carcanet Press Ltd. ePub

Shade, shadow less than nothing within my dream,

Less than myself in that you have receded

Within this shell, yet more

In that you have gone further and fared worse, and also because

I pursue you still, and am unpursued

While it is I who am open to every persuasion

Yet within myself

There is no such thing as you are, I miss you

There are caverns you go through like an echoing voice

I am not even an echo

Yet all this is me, for it is not you

I cannot catch at my antres, or you wandering

Nothing therefore

And it is no use representing that as blackness,

Placing sentries, touching upon the walls

Though they drip moistly, suggesting downfall.

Nothing is not pepper or salt, or any taste

Cinnamon, ginger

It does not water the palate nor arrose the smell

Can it imagine, holding within itself

The recession of anybody?

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First Album

Tieck, Sarah ABDO PDF
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4 Do Incentives Really Motivate People? Or Are They Just a Quick Fix?

Robert Lebow Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The dining car was crowded and noisy. Some travelers, packed into the booths, were engaged in lively conversations as they ate. Other more solitary passengers were reading newspapers or tapping the keys of their laptop computers as they dined quietly at the tables.

In the near corner was a tall, overweight man in an expensive-looking suit talking on his cell phone through the earpiece attachment. Chomping on an unlit cigar, he spoke loudly enough for the entire car to hear his end of the conversation. “I don’t care what they prefer!” shouted the man in a mocking tone. “Ship them what we’ve got in stock. Besides, it’s near the end of the month, and we’ve got a quota to meet!” He muttered to himself, “I’m surrounded by whining idiots. Why can’t they think on their own? Do I have to tell them everything?”

Pete stopped and looked at the man. Inwardly he was embarrassed for both of them. What the man was saying was what Pete had often thought after he’d had a conversation with one of his people. Slowly he and Kip made their way past this man and down the length of the dining car. Waiters darted around them, taking orders and delivering food. The only two remaining seats were in a booth occupied by two women at the far end of the car. Kip and Pete walked over to the booth and asked if they could share the table.42

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