Why Do Some Theologians Blame The Victim?

Sandy Hook Memorial

Sandy Hook Memorial. Source: Wikicommons

As if the Sandy Hook shooting wasn’t tragic enough, many of the responses from religious leaders represented the worst in humanity. As a result, I wrote (somewhat therapeutically) “Why Do Some Theologians Blame The Victim?” for The Huffington Post religion section.

There is not much I need to say to lead into this except that I hope that individuals will reconsider their “go-to” responses in tragedies, seeking mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep.

Bad things happen to good people; this is a tragic truth in life. How religious individuals explain the “why” can be very different from faith to faith. When people turn to God for solace it is never shocking, but when they turn to God to blame the victim, the rest of us are disgusted.

Why do many — often conservative evangelical or fundamentalist Christian theologians — blame the victim as a go-to response? Read the full article at The Huffington Post…

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