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Remember the Poor: The Challenge to Theology in the Twenty-First Century [Paperback]

By Joerg Rieger (Author)
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Even as capitalism claims victory, the reality of poverty, suffering, and pain continues to grow throughout the world, including the "first-world." This book explores the challenge to theology of the increasingly emphatic cries of people at the margins.

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Even as capitalism claims victory, the reality of poverty, suffering, and pain continues to grow throughout the world, including the "first world." This book explores the challenge to theology of the increasingly emphatic cries of people at the margins. The first part of the book rereads the theological spectrum from a position that includes the poor. Liberal Protestant theologies in North American and Roman Catholic variations of modern theology in Latin America are examined from the perspective of the underside of history framed by Jacques Lacan s notion of imaginary and symbolic orders. The second part introduces the Lacanian notion of the real, setting the stage for the role the marginalized might play in the future of theology. The progressive integration of the voice of those at the margins is then traced in the theological works of Frederick Herzog (North America) and Gustavo Gutierrez (Latin America). The final part draws together the most important elements of a new theological paradigm that grow out an encounter with the underside of history and its implications for a new theology and new theologians. Jeorg Rieger teaches systematic theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX.

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Studio: Continuum
Pages   241
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.81 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1998
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  1563382563  
ISBN13  9781563382567  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! During his seminary education and internships in German Methodist churches, Joerg Rieger became increasingly aware of deep-seated problems in church and theology, which helped to perpetuate unjust structures like gender inequality and exploitation of the environment. Moving to the United States where he received his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Duke University, Rieger became further aware of issues of racial discrimination and economic injustice and of how church and theology were complicit. Neither the conservative, rules-based Christianity of the Methodist church in which he grew up nor the liberal theology of his early theological education provided the resources to address such forms of systemic oppression. Rieger's work is based on the recognition that more radical and faithful visions of Christianity were needed, and that such visions were already emerging from grassroots communities both locally and globally. Rieger continues to develop this more challenging vision of Christianity in close collaboration with colleagues both nationally and internationally and with emerging grassroots movements. In Dallas, where he taught at Perkins School of Theology from 1994 to 2016, he was active in the religion and labor movement. In 2016 he was named Distinguished Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger is an organizer and lecturer. Most recently she worked for North Texas Jobs with Justice and the Dallas Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO). She is also the founder of the Texas New ERA Center/Jobs with Justice. Her previous lives were spent as a molecular biologist, a Montessori teacher and home educator.

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
  4. Religion in the Modern World

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exceptional  Mar 27, 2008
Joerg Rieger presents a profound critique of both liberal and neoorthodox theologies. He points out that the problem with liberal theology and its foundational belief in the modern self as the ultimate authority on God is that it only accesses experience and reason; similarly the problem with neoorthodox theology is that it holds the supreme authority on God to be the text/scripturonly thus accessing scripture and tradition. Herein Rieger illustrates that both are incomplete theologies doomed to fall short. The problem according to Rieger is that these theologies do not accomodate the voices from the underside of history . . . these theologies are constructed by the educated elite. Right off the bat it seems as though both liberal and neoorthodox theologies are incomplete like each has a piece, but even together they are incomplete.

So Rieger draws on the work of the intellectual thinker Jacques Lacan and incorporates Roman Catholic Liberation Theology, notably the work of Guiterrez. The end result is an inclusive theology that creates the space for the voice of the underside.

I was truly amazed to find a theologian who actually saw what I did. Having been in a church dominated by liberal theology, I had witnessed exclusionary practices . . .the refusal to listen to the voice of a prostitute when doing a ministry for prostitutes . . . the inability or refusal of the congregation to recognize and support the suffering of its parishioners etc. Rieger explains that American Liberal Theology has an unrealistic optimism that never infiltrated German Liberal theology because of the two world wars and the Holocaust. This blindness to suffering then leads to a denial of suffering.

Rieger illustrates that the inclusion of the voices from the underside of history is vital and necessary to all brands of theology. He does a brilliant job critiquing liberal and neoorthodox theologies and offers a viable theology for the future bringing together theologies from the North and South, from different traditions, even bringing in the work of thinker Lacan.

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