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James Newton Poling is professor of pastoral care, counseling, and theology, and director of the Ph.D. program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.
"Poling has worked for almost twenty years to counter the unfortunately enduring problem of male violence and, most importantly, religion's troubling role in perpetuating it. Not content with mere description or theological rumination, he presses on to understand the causes and the ways to prevent and limit violence." "Jim Poling has provided a rich variety of perspectives on male violence. He includes gender, race, class, and cultural analyses as he looks at male violence through the lenses of theology, scripture, ethics, sociology, and psychology. He allows the voices of survivors, perpetrators, and ministers to speak through his work. The ultimate point of these thorough analyses is the enrichment of pastoral practice--especially preaching, worship, and pastoral care."