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Liberating the Future [Paperback]

By Joerg Rieger (Editor), Adam Larkum (Illustrator), Jeffrey Neil Bellinger (Contributor), Joe Giella (Illustrator), Carmine Infantino (Illustrator), Wilson Van Dusen, Glenn Barr & Kevin Nowlan
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Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1998
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800631439  
EAN  9780800631437  

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In this volume, liberation theologians succinctly map the liberation terrain for the new century. Writing from a variety of standpoints (the African American community, feminist stuggles, and social locations in Europe, North America, and Latin America) these thinkers reflect on the vastly changed context of and challenges to liberation.

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What are the prospects for liberation theology and the social change it espouses? What can liberation theologies learn from each other? Writing from a variety of social locations the African American community, the feminist struggle, and tensions within Europe, North America, and Latin America these exciting and enlightening thinkers reflect on the vastly changed context of and challenges to liberation. Yet they find common concerns and cause. They espouse religious reflection that attends closely to those pushed to the margins (even though on the surface things seem to be improving), to shifting structures of oppression, and especially to global economic structures as they affect specific locales. For all those interested in the survival and growth of justice-oriented religious commitment, this volume signals concrete and exciting new directions for thought and action. Participants include: John B. Cobb, Jr., Claremont School of Theology Gustavo Gutierrez, Instituto Bartalome de Las Casas, Rimac, Peru M. Douglas Meeks, Wesley Theological Seminary Jurgen Moltmann, University of Tubingen Joerg M. Rieger, Perkins School of Theology Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological Seminary Gayraud S. Wilmore, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta

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More About Joerg Rieger, Adam Larkum, Jeffrey Neil Bellinger, Joe Giella, Carmine Infantino, Wilson Van Dusen, Glenn Barr & Kevin Nowlan

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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Required reading for a global age  Feb 14, 2004
The essays in this anthology collect the reflections of some of the world's leading Christian theologians--for example, Gustavo Gutierrez, Jurgen Moltmann, John Cobb, and Douglas Meeks--on how Christians should comport themselves in the face of a new world order. That order, of course, is globalization, a neo-capitalist reality that progressively draws resources from the developing world to the developed world while at the same time whittling away at indigenous cultures and values. Globalization has created conditions of oppression and poverty that call for creative responses on the part of liberation theologians. The essays in this book aim to begin that response.

All of the essays are insightful. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite, for example, writes an uncomfortable indictment of those North American and European liberals who fancy that merely writing about poverty in the world fulfills their obligations as Christians to follow the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount. John Cobb continues the theological analysis of the global economy he began so fruitfully a few years ago. Gayraud Wilmore worries about hite-directed and henced forced ethnic reconciliation in the United States. Gutierrez has some haunting things to say about liberation and mysticism, reminiscent of his earlier "We Drink from Our Own Wells."

But Douglas Meeks' article on liberation theology in North America is especially worth focusing on when you read this book. Meeks argues that there's much work to be done in our own culture to convert worshippers of Mammon to a better understanding of their own inauthenticity as well as their partial responsibility for world poverty. Liberation theology isn't something for "those people" south or east of the border. It's for us as well--in fact, maybe PRIMARILY for us--since it's our consumerist lifestyles that fuel the corporate greed that turns the wheels of globalization.

Highly recommended.


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