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Overview 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.
Publishers Description 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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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.71" Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1998
Publisher Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN 1563382563 ISBN13 9781563382567
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More About Joerg Rieger
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.
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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.