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What Torture Taught Me

What Torture Taught Me

And Other Reflections on Justice and Theology

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Collected here in print for the first time are four powerful essays from the head of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the former head of Amnesty International USA, based on his public addresses.

Author: William F. Schulz

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Collected here in print for the first time are four powerful essays from the head of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the former head of Amnesty International USA, based on his public addresses. William F. Schulz, the foremost Unitarian Universalist authority on human rights, reflects on the weighty issues of social justice, theology, the legitimate use of force, and the effectiveness of social reform movements. Both a call to action and a challenge to religious liberals to examine the basis for their activism, these compelling essays are sure to inspire.

Watch a video on YouTube from Unitarian Universalist Service Committee President and CEO, Rev. Bill Schulz as he talks about his new book, What Torture Taught Me.

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Introduction

What Torture Taught Me

The Virtuous Circle: Making Justice Happen

Force and Justice: Uneasy Bedfellows

The Religion That We Come to Praise: A Theology of Fragility

Few Unitarian Universalists have been subjected to torture, but far more people in our congregations than we know have been raped or abused. Even those without firsthand experience of such things have to live in a world, cope with a world, feel at home in a world where such practices flourish. I find it a helpful exercise to use torture as a plumb line against which to test the adequacy of my worldview and the sophistication of my faith. I remember a cartoon from years ago in which the wayside pulpits of an Episcopal church and a Unitarian Universalist church were both visible on a street corner. It was Easter and the title of the Episcopal rector's Easter sermon was "The Truth and Power of the Risen Christ," while across the street the Unitarian Universalist was preaching a sermon entitled "Upsy-Daisy." To my mind, an upsy-daisy theology fails the torture test.

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