A Theology of Reconstruction: Nation-Building and Human Rights

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 20, 1992 - Religion - 300 pages
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The changing situation in South Africa and Eastern Europe prompts Charles Villa-Vicencio to investigate the implications of transforming liberation theology into a theology of reconstruction and nation-building. Such a transformation, he argues, requires theology to become an unambiguously interdisciplinary study. This book explores the encounter between theology, on the one hand, and constitutional writing, law-making, human rights, economics, and the freedom of conscience on the other. Placing his discussion in the context of the South African struggle, the author compares this situation to that in Eastern Europe, and the challenge of what is happening in these situations is identified for contexts where "the empire has not yet crumbled."
 

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Contents

Introduction i
1
Theology and nationbuilding
19
The weight of dead generations
49
searching for values
76
Human rights and theology
117
Theology and political economy
197
Theology and economic justice
231
The right to believe
254
An unconcluding postscript
274
Bibliography
285
Index
296
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