A Theology of Reconstruction: Nation-Building and Human Rights

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Overview

The changing situation in South Africa and Eastern Europe prompts this investigation of the implications of transforming liberation theology into a theology of reconstruction and nation-building. The text explores constitutional writing, law-making, human rights, economics etc.
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"A Theology of Reconstruction is Charles Villa-Vicencio at his best, responding with positive proposals for what a society should think and do when its cages begin to crumble. South African in viewpoint, the book invites us to think about human history, politics, and culture as the stuff of an emerging global, ecumenical conversation. It is a superb contribution to the conversation." Theology Today

"A Theology of Reconstruction is Charles Villa-Vicencio at his best, responding with positive proposals for what a society should think and do when its cages begin to crumble. South African in viewpoint, the book invites us to think about human history, politics, and culture as the stuff of an emerging global, ecumenical conversation. It is a superb contribution to the conversation." Theology Today

"There could not have been a more timely publication...This is a splendid contribution to the debate of the role of the church in exhilarating times, times when there are no real paradigms to turn to for what to do next. I commend Professor Villa-Vicencio's effort warmly." Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Table of Contents

General editors' preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Theology and nation-building 19
2 The weight of dead generations 49
3 The rule of law: searching for values 76
4 Human rights and theology 117
5 Transcending individualism and collectivism: a theological contribution 154
6 Theology and political economy 197
7 Theology and economic justice 231
8 The right to believe 254
9 An unconcluding postscript 274
Bibliography 285
Index 296
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