Since 1993 more than six hundred girls and women have been brutally slain in Ciudad Juárez in internationally condemned violence for which no one has been arrested. Nancy Pineda-Madrid's powerful reflection on this destructive and dehumanizing violence, based on first-hand knowledge of the traumatic situation in Juárez, attempts to understand the cultural, economic, and even religious factors that feed the violence. She detects in the social suffering of the women there a yearning for release, justice, and healing in their quest for salvation through solidarity and community practices that resist rather than acquiesce to the violence.
"In Suffering and Salvationin Ciudad Juárez, Nancy Pineda–Madrid goes beyond the prevailing theories of the atonement to develop the long–neglected dimension of social salvation. In this work of theological rigor, theoretical sophistication, and deep empathy, she argues that salvation is necessarily linked to active resistance against evil and to active solidarity for justice and good. Pineda–Madrid's constructive soteriology is a bold step forward in Latina/Latino theology that is in the service of all God's creation." —M. Shawn Copeland
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
"This extremely important work of a leading scholar in Latina feminist theological studies is a must read for all concerned with the politics of suffering and salvation. Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juárez should be found on the reading lists of all courses in theology and ethics. I highly recommend it." —Dr. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Krister Stendahl Professor
Harvard Divinity School
This gripping and heartbreaking analysis of the deaths of countless girls and women in a Mexican border city spawns a hermeneutic of social suffering that begins with the particular situation and then asks the universal theodicy question: what is salvation in the face of such evil? Salvation from feminicide requires a renewed community, a community which stands in solidarity with women. Nancy Pineda–Madrid reminds us: the radical message of the Christian gospel remains vital. —Ted Peters
Professor of Systematic Theology
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary & the Graduate Theological Union.