By Charles Villa-Vicencio
The altering scenario in South Africa and japanese Europe activates Charles Villa-Vicencio to enquire the consequences of remodeling 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 japanese Europe, and the problem of what's occurring in those events is pointed out for contexts the place "the empire has now not but crumbled."
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The sober (and moderate) character of the reconstruction debate in South Africa is partly in response to this realisation. It has emerged in response to generations of shattered dreams and persistent struggle. This less than romantic state of affairs comes, of course, as a disappointment to some within the 'old world' who long for the exotic and different as a basis for responding to their own social and theological captivity. M. Thomas (Bangalore: National Christian Council of India and Christian Institute for the Study of Religion and Society, i960).
The invitation by the Emperor Constantine in 312GE to the church, hitherto persecuted and prevented from having any direct political influence, to operate from within the power structures of the state resulted in the church's capitulation to imperial demands. 1 The Christian religion was transformed into a new imperial cult. Despite the theological opportunity to begin anew that has come with every major political or ecclesial revolution, the church has never succeeded in exercising a positive, liberating and prophetic role within the structures of power.
This is because the church, biblically understood, is obliged to counteract the bias in favour of the powerful which undergirds most political societies. To neglect this obligation is for the church to neglect its most fundamental political role in society. For theologians peace always includes an eschatological dimension, but the vision of God's ultimate peace can never be used as an excuse not to work for maximum proximate peace in every political situation. 21 It is the 21 St Augustine, The City of God, translated by Marcus Dods (New York: The Modern Library, 1950), Book xix, Chapter 13, p.
A Theology of Reconstruction: Nation-Building and Human Rights by Charles Villa-Vicencio