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By Charles Villa-Vicencio

The altering state of affairs in South Africa and japanese Europe activates Charles Villa-Vicencio to enquire the consequences of reworking liberation theology right into a theology of reconstruction and nation-building. any such transformation, he argues, calls for theology to turn into an unambiguously interdisciplinary learn. This booklet explores the stumble upon among theology, at the one hand, and constitutional writing, law-making, human rights, economics, and the liberty of sense 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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This methodological approach is obviously open to criticism. Accepting that the time must come when there will be no reason for special comment on the rights of people who are women and/or black, some would argue (with good cause) that 16 A theology of reconstruction the continued disadvantaged status of people by virtue of gender or race necessitates separate comment in a book of this kind. 22 The alternative argument is that human rights and socio-economic liberation, which includes a rider on the rights of women and black people, implies that women and blacks be dealt with differently from the rest of the human race.

13 Ancient texts acquire new meaning in new situations. The hermeneutical relationship between past and present is a dynamic liberating exercise. Employing this kind of hermeneutic, black and feminist have shown how seemingly 'unusable' parts of the Bible are pregnant with meaning, to be used as a basis for correcting and promoting the struggle for a better world. The notion of the 'post-exile church' is employed hermeneutically in this way. From the perspective of liberation theology, not all within the exilic and post-exilic period and literature, immediately offers itself for appropriation.

Theology and nation-building 39 different kind. The 'calculated' political compromises required in the Third World and other situations of transition are not intended to preserve or reform the existing order, but radically to transform it. Herein lies the importance of liberation theology for situations emerging from structural and colonial oppression. In these situations the need is for a theology that preserves neither the global status quo nor the neo-colonial structures left over from colonial days.

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