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Desire, Market and Religion (Reclaiming Liberation Theology) [Paperback]

By Jung Mo Sung (Author)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.21" Height: 0.55"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 7, 2011
Publisher   SCM Press
ISBN  0334041414  
EAN  9780334041412  


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Jung Mo Sung has pioneered a theological analysis of economics in his previous publications, developing a penetrating ethico-religious critique of the international capitalist systems, whose institutions he likens to altars. Where ancient idolatry had visible altars, the modern altar of the 'global market god', is invisible, but still demands human sacrifices in the name of 'objective' desires. Here Sung recovers theology's relevance for a world where the most dangerous idols - those that sacrifice millions of people upon the altar of wealth - have for too long been ignored by theology. In Desire, Market, Religion, Sung investigates themes such as the struggle against social exclusion, the relationship between economics and religion in the 21st century, where global brands and global economies reigns supreme, and theology's role in the struggle against social exclusion and the giving of hope for plenty, when the reality is scarcity.

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"Jung Mo Sung is one of the most insightful Latin American liberation theologians to emerge in the last two decades. For Sung, the relationship between economics and theology is central to liberation theology. In critically exploring this relationship, Sung not only sheds new light on the mechanisms of the global economic order but also rethinks liberation theology in light of the challenge posed by globalization. With his work theologians are better prepared to deal with social exclusion in this new century. This book is a magnificent example of the new outlook Sung has developed." Franz Hinkelammert, Professor of Economics, Ecumenical Department of Investigations, Costa Rica Jung Mo Sung has pioneered a theological analysis of economics in his previous publications, developing a penetrating ethico-religious critique of the international capitalist systems, whose institutions he likens to altars. Where ancient idolatry had visible altars, the modern altar of the 'global market god' is invisible, but still demands human sacrifices in the name of 'objective' desires. Here Sung recovers theology's relevance for a world where the most dangerous idols - those that sacrifice millions of people upon the altar of wealth - have for too long been ignored by theology. In Desire, Market and Religion, Sung investigates themes such as the struggle against social exclusion, the relationship between economics and religion in the 21st century, where global brands and global economies reign supreme, and theology's role in the struggle against social exclusion and the giving of hope for plenty, when the reality is scarcity. Jung Mo Sung, a Korean by birth, is Associate Professor of Theology at Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo, Brazil, and is a Brazilian citizen. He is the author of The Idolatry of Capitalism and the Death of the Poor, and Theology and Economics.

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Excellent update on Liberation Theology and its new directions   May 20, 2008
Sung's book is excellent for those familiar with Latin American Liberation Theology (LALT) or new to it. For those unfamiliar, Sung's workm shows how important Liberation Theology is for contemporary discussions about theology and economy. We live in a world that shows a strange disconnect between economic needs and economic logic. Increasing numbers of people are systematically made invisible or excluded from the privileges and benefits of "freedom" and the "free market." Without simply demonizing free-market capitalism, Sung shows how Liberation Theology is still a relevant and important source for theologians, activists, and everyday folk who are asking the God-question in light of the world's poor and suffering. Sung demonstrates how Liberation theologians, informed by its intellectual traditions (i.e. Marx, etc), continue to think.

On the technical side, Sung's book is helpful for scholars of Liberation Theology. Sung continues the work of figures such as Franz Hinkelammert, Hugo Assmann, and others of the Ecumenical Department of Investigations (DEI) in Costa Rica. Chapters 5 & 6, in particular, discuss the "crisis of paradigms" in LALT - ones that parallel the crisis of paradigms for Marxist traditions of thought. Sung demonstrates the capacity for internal critique in these these traditions. True to tradition, praxis and existential questions remain critical grounding points for theology for contextual theology. In that sense, Liberation Theology is far from either extreme - neither dead or nor fulfilled - but continually radical in the way it continues to think.
 

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