In the business of theology it is hard not to be controversial - Jurgen Moltmann

Monday, 14 May 2007

Doing Theology from the Margin

Without being forced to give up control in the confrontation with people at the margins, the self will always end up worshipping projections of its own power, a problem that the early critics of liberal theology have already realised. Without developing respect for human others, talk about the divine Other easily misses the mark: What sense does it make to claim respect for the divine Other if we are unable to respect out neighbours? Likewise, without gathering a broader understanding of the texts of the church that includes the repressed texts and the texts of those who are repressed, the theological turn to the text easily ends up perpetuating the status quo.

Joerg Rieger (2001) God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology, 178.

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