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Reimagining Theologies of Marriage in Contexts of Domestic Violence: When Salvation is Survival

Rachel Starr
Routledge, 2018, xi + 225 pp., hbk, £105

Reimagining Theologies of Marriage in Contexts of Domestic Violence: When Salvation is Survival

Many Christian theological treatments of marriage have held that it is a phenomenon which promotes the goods of those in it: a secure foundation for the nurture of children and, indeed, the stability of society as a whole. Such theologies too infrequently acknowledge the ways in which marriages, and families founded on them, can be dangerous institutions, reinforcing norms of power and hierarchy and leaving some of their members (usually women and children) at the mercy of others (usually men, disproportionately the perpetrators of domestic violence).

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