Faith Van Horne

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Department of Theology and Religion
Doctoral researcher

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PhD title: A Pentecostal Theological Approach to Atonement for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Supervisor: Professor Wolfgang Vondey
PhD Theology and Religion


  • MDiv, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • BA, Comparative Religious Studies, The Ohio State University


I received my Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio with the intention of seeking ordination and leading a congregation. However, at seminary I discovered a love for Christian theology and a passion for exploring how doctrines can be embodied in more life-giving ways, especially for marginalized populations.


This thesis approaches the Christian doctrine of atonement (the theological articulation of Jesus’ role in effecting reconciliation with God for believers) from a trauma-informed perspective. It brings together insights from feminist and Pentecostal theologies in an attempt to provide a reconstruction of the doctrine that offers a vision of flourishing for survivors of sexual abuse and the faith communities that support them. This study employs a critical somatology (theology of the body) to evaluate models of atonement in the feminist and Pentecostal traditions. I am interested in how conceptions of bodily autonomy influence theological visions of redemption for survivors, and how embodied spiritual practices offer a way forward in theological reflection and construction.

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