Revisiting the courage to be to understand transition from a military life

This article, drawn from a comprehensive empirical study, offers a theological reflection on the transition from military to civilian life. The author revisits Tillich's classical existential theology in an attempt to understand the transition as an existential threat to the participants in the...

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Published in:Practical theology
Main Author: Grimell, Jan (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2018]
In:Practical theology
Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 5, Pages: 387-400
Further subjects:B existential
B friendship
B Veterans
B transition
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:This article, drawn from a comprehensive empirical study, offers a theological reflection on the transition from military to civilian life. The author revisits Tillich's classical existential theology in an attempt to understand the transition as an existential threat to the participants in the study. The transition can be understood as a temporary state of non-being in life where identity, purpose, meaning, community, and belonging are at least initially lost, and this loss has implications for the spiritual and moral life of a service member amid transition. A call to friendship is proposed in order to assist a full transition to civilian life. The author suggests that theological interpretations of the process can contribute alternate voices and enrich the language repertoire and understandings of transition in secularised and pluralised contexts. Additionally, that it is beneficial to cultivate a more fruitful interdisciplinary relationship between the humanities (theology and the social sciences).
ISSN:1756-0748
Contains:Enthalten in: Practical theology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/1756073X.2018.1474328