Have Theologians No Sense of Shame?: How the Bible Reconcile Objective and Subjective Shame

Bibliographic Information: 

Jackson Wu, "Have Theologians No Sense of Shame?: How the Bible Reconcile Objective and Subjective Shame," Themelios 43, no. 2 (2018): 205–219

Description

Everyone agrees shame is a pervasive problem; yet, in book and articles, we find writers often talk past one another. Missionaries and anthropologists speak of “honor-shame” cultures. Psychologists describe shame as an individual, emotional experience. Strangely, theologians typically say little about the topic. Christian scholars tend to treat guilt as “objective” and shame merely a “subjective.” This misunderstanding undermines our ability to develop a practical theology of honor and shame. Therefore, this article demonstrates how the Bible helps us have an integrated understanding of shame in its theological, psychological, and social dimensions.

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Themelios