By Charles Villa-Vicencio

ISBN-10: 0521416256

ISBN-13: 9780521416252

The altering scenario in South Africa and jap Europe activates Charles Villa-Vicencio to enquire the results of remodeling liberation theology right into a theology of reconstruction and nation-building. this type of transformation, he argues, calls for theology to turn into an unambiguously interdisciplinary learn. This ebook explores the come upon among theology, at the one hand, and constitutional writing, law-making, human rights, economics, and the liberty of sense of right and wrong at the different. putting his dialogue within the context of the South African fight, the writer compares this case to that during japanese Europe, and the problem of what's taking place in those events is pointed out for contexts the place "the empire has now not but crumbled."

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42 A theology of reconstruction joined in a nation-wide Defiance Campaign against unjust laws under the banner of the Standingforthe Truth Campaign. This resulted in thousands of Christians being beaten by the police, brutalised, arrested and imprisoned for insisting that a government that does not face the truth about its policies of exploitation and serve the common good is theologically and morally illegitimate. In a post-apartheid situation (hopefully) under a government committed to promoting national reconstruction, truth-telling is likely to make different demands on the church.

The problem is not, however, peculiar to Africa. If language be a measure of culture, it is blatantly clear that sexism is as much part of the culture of the English-speaking world as is racism. Any author who deals with historical (and contemporary) documents and literature is faced with the question what to do about sexually exclusive language. In order to avoid the ubiquitous use of 'sic' every time the male gender dominates a quotation, these are cited without comment or alteration. To the sensitive reader the discordant note will serve as a reminder of the extent to which language has plagued our struggle for a discrimination-free culture.

The 25 Franklin H. Littell, 'From Barmen (1934) to Stuttgart (1945): The Path of the Confessing Church in Germany', Journal of Church and State, 1, May, 1961. ), Im %eichen der Schuld. 40 Jahre Stuttgarter Schuldbekenntnis: Eine 26 Dokumentation (Neukirchener-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag, 1985). In conversation with the author in Hamburg in 1979. 27 The tragedy is that it has taken the church so long officially to express seriously the desire to share prophetically and democratically in the reconstruction process.

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