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Liberating the Future [Paperback]

By Joerg Rieger (Editor)
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In this volume, liberation theologians succinctly map the liberation terrain for the new century. Writing from a variety of standpoints (the African American community, feminist stuggles, and social locations in Europe, North America, and Latin America) these thinkers reflect on the vastly changed context of and challenges to liberation.

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What are the prospects for liberation theology and the social change it espouses? What can liberation theologies learn from each other? Writing from a variety of social locations the African American community, the feminist struggle, and tensions within Europe, North America, and Latin America these exciting and enlightening thinkers reflect on the vastly changed context of and challenges to liberation. Yet they find common concerns and cause. They espouse religious reflection that attends closely to those pushed to the margins (even though on the surface things seem to be improving), to shifting structures of oppression, and especially to global economic structures as they affect specific locales. For all those interested in the survival and growth of justice-oriented religious commitment, this volume signals concrete and exciting new directions for thought and action. Participants include: John B. Cobb, Jr., Claremont School of Theology Gustavo Gutierrez, Instituto Bartalome de Las Casas, Rimac, Peru M. Douglas Meeks, Wesley Theological Seminary Jurgen Moltmann, University of Tubingen Joerg M. Rieger, Perkins School of Theology Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary Gayraud S. Wilmore, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta

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Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Pages   180
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.52 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1998
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Edition  New  
ISBN  0800631439  
ISBN13  9780800631437  

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More About Joerg Rieger

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joerg Rieger is Wendland-Cook Professor of Constructive Theology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of numerous books, including Christ and Empire. He lives in Dallas, Texas. Kwok Pui-lan is William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School. She is the most recent past president of the American Academy of Religion and author of several books. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Joerg Rieger currently resides in the state of Texas.

Joerg Rieger has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Frederick Herzog Reader
  2. New Approaches to Religion and Power
  3. Reclaiming Liberation Theology

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Required reading for a global age  Feb 14, 2004
The essays in this anthology collect the reflections of some of the world's leading Christian theologians--for example, Gustavo Gutierrez, Jurgen Moltmann, John Cobb, and Douglas Meeks--on how Christians should comport themselves in the face of a new world order. That order, of course, is globalization, a neo-capitalist reality that progressively draws resources from the developing world to the developed world while at the same time whittling away at indigenous cultures and values. Globalization has created conditions of oppression and poverty that call for creative responses on the part of liberation theologians. The essays in this book aim to begin that response.

All of the essays are insightful. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, for example, writes an uncomfortable indictment of those North American and European liberals who fancy that merely writing about poverty in the world fulfills their obligations as Christians to follow the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. John Cobb continues the theological analysis of the global economy he began so fruitfully a few years ago. Gayraud Wilmore worries about hite-directed and henced forced ethnic reconciliation in the United States. Gutierrez has some haunting things to say about liberation and mysticism, reminiscent of his earlier "We Drink from Our Own Wells."

But Douglas Meeks' article on liberation theology in North America is especially worth focusing on when you read this book. Meeks argues that there's much work to be done in our own culture to convert worshippers of Mammon to a better understanding of their own inauthenticity as well as their partial responsibility for world poverty. Liberation theology isn't something for "those people" south or east of the border. It's for us as well--in fact, maybe PRIMARILY for us--since it's our consumerist lifestyles that fuel the corporate greed that turns the wheels of globalization.

Highly recommended.


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