By Charles Villa-Vicencio
The altering state of affairs in South Africa and japanese Europe activates Charles Villa-Vicencio to enquire the results of remodeling liberation theology right into a theology of reconstruction and nation-building. this kind 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 judgment 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 occurring in those events is pointed out for contexts the place "the empire has no longer but crumbled."
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Kaiser Wilhelm sent his troops into battle with 'Gott mit Uns' inscribed on their buttons. 'German Christians' promoted the ideals of Nazism. British soldiers fought and died Tor God, queen and country' in British colonies scattered across the globe, and Christian symbolism is today still part of the United States of America's ideology of global conquest. These and similar abuses have convinced even those who have been theologically inspired in their resistance against oppression to acknowledge that theology has a bad track-record in the history of nation-building.
Nation-building theology must emerge in relation to posing tough and uncomfortable questions about the economy, international alliances, national development programmes and such local issues that affect the lives of ordinary people at a material and spiritual level. For this to happen, church leaders and theologians continually need to be exposed to the insights of critical economists, social scientists and political analysts. Theology and ministry outside of this encounter is at best simply irrelevant.
It is at the same time a retroactive theology, seeking to correct the causes of previous suffering and conflict in society. The critical analysis of past and present structures is an essential ingredient of the theological task. Nation-building theology must emerge in relation to posing tough and uncomfortable questions about the economy, international alliances, national development programmes and such local issues that affect the lives of ordinary people at a material and spiritual level. For this to happen, church leaders and theologians continually need to be exposed to the insights of critical economists, social scientists and political analysts.