By Charles Villa-Vicencio
The altering scenario in South Africa and jap Europe activates Charles Villa-Vicencio to enquire the results of reworking 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 stumble 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 case 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 no longer but crumbled."
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The history of Christian crusaders in the 'old' world, conquistadors in the 'new' and the sense of manifest destiny among North American settlers are different manifestations of a similar theologised mission of conquest. Each is closely related to a theology of empire or nation-building. In more recent times, the missionary arm of British imperialism came close to totally destroying the cultural and religious identity of millions of colonised people. Theological support for Hitler's Third Reich contributed to the annihilation of 6 million Jews.
The plight of women, black people and other exploited groups, forming the overwhelming majority of people on earth and discriminated against by successive ruling-classes in most societies (not least South Africa), ought to inform every aspect of planning for a new era. Differently stated, exploited people should form the norm, not the exception to a human rights agenda. Theology, compelled by a biblical imperative to show a special preference for the poor, oppressed, marginalised and excluded sections of society, has a special obligation never to lose sight of this requirement.
Discrimination against women in South Africa is older than the colonially imposed scourge of apartheid, and it may well be more difficult to eradicate than racism. The ground swell of claims and expectations in a new South Africa are, at the same time, likely to include the demands of women for their rights. At the forefront of this struggle will be black women — the most oppressed of all the oppressed. The problem is not, however, peculiar to Africa. If language be a measure of culture, it is blatantly clear that sexism is as much part of the culture of the English-speaking world as is racism.
A Theology of Reconstruction: Nation-Building and Human Rights by Charles Villa-Vicencio