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By Charles Villa-Vicencio

ISBN-10: 0521416256

ISBN-13: 9780521416252

The altering state of affairs in South Africa and japanese Europe activates Charles Villa-Vicencio to enquire the consequences of remodeling liberation theology right into a theology of reconstruction and nation-building. the sort of transformation, he argues, calls for theology to turn into an unambiguously interdisciplinary examine. This booklet 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 example to that during jap Europe, and the problem of what's taking place in those occasions is pointed out for contexts the place "the empire has now not but crumbled."

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In Chapter 3 the theoretical debate on human rights in social theory and legal philosophy is discussed. Theologians are notorious for answering questions that not too many other people are asking, or alternatively not appreciating the full implications of the difficult questions that are asked. The interdisciplinary nature of the present study requires that 18 A theology of reconstruction theological debate be integrated into the existing debate in cognate disciplines. In Chapters 4 and 5 a broad-based theology of human rights is provided in response to the historical and theoretical agenda set by the discussion in the previous chapters.

World War II had been used by imperial powers to cajole Africans into defending 'democratic freedom' and 'selfdetermination' among the nations of North Africa and Europe. 29 When independence came to nations claimed by colonial powers during the last century in the scramble for Africa, the call was for the church to share in a nation-building process. A new era had dawned for the church in Africa. The colonial task of the missionary (and not all missionaries succumbed with the same level of intensity) had simply been to persuade African converts to concentrate on spiritual concerns and remain indifferent to politics.

10 This means, God was experienced and acknowledged within history, rather than metaphysically or abstractly defined. Indeed, so sacred was the name of God that it was not even mentioned by the pious believer. To do theology in accordance with this understanding of God, is to rediscover a dynamic liberatory interpretation of God. It suggests that the most important theological task is not (evangelically) to insist that the event of liberation be named and promoted in terms of ecclesial symbols and culture, but that liberation (which is biblically understood as a manifestation of the presence of God) be celebrated and acknowledged by all people in accordance with their own culture and symbol-structure.

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