The Solidarity of Others in a Divided World: A Postmodern Theology after Postmodernism

The Solidarity of Others in a Divided World: A Postmodern Theology after Postmodernism

by Anselm Kyongsuk Min

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Overview

The thesis of this book is quite simple. The globalization of the world brings together different groups into common space and produces a twofold dialectic, the dialectic of differentiation in which we are made increasingly aware of differences in nationality, culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, class, and language, and the dialectic of interdependence in which we are compelled to find a way of living together despite our differences. The central challenge of the globalizing world is how to manage and transform this twofold, antithetical dialectic of simultaneous differentiation and interdependence into a solidarity of others, the mutual solidarity of those who are different. The Christian tradition provides abundant resources worth retrieving for this theological purpose. Using the paradigm of solidarity of others as the central theme of theology, it is possible and appropriate to renew the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of solidarity and recapture the inspiring and illuminating potential of the classical, authentically Christian metaphor of the body of Christ as embodiment of this solidarity.

Anselm Min is Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University and the author of Dialectic of Salvation: Issues in Theology of Liberation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780567025708
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/03/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Anselm Kyongsuk Min is Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
Introduction: Solidarity of Others as the Burden of Contemporary Theology1
Part 1After Postmodernism: A Critique of Difference
1.Levinas and the Liberation of the Other: Toward a Dialectic of Totality, Infinity, and Solidarity7
2.The Other without History and Society: A Dialogue with Derrida30
3.The Reign of Difference: Postmodernism in Philosophy, Culture, and Politics47
4.From Difference to the Solidarity of Others: Sublating Postmodernism65
Part 2Solidarity of Others: Toward a Postmodern Theology
5.Renewing the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in an Oppressive World: Prolegomena to a Pneumatology of Liberating Solidarity91
6.Solidarity of Others in the Movement of the Holy Spirit: Pneumatology in a Divided World109
7.Solidarity of Others in the Body of Christ: Christology in a Divided World134
8.Praxis and Pluralism: A Liberationist Theology of Religions156
9.Solidarity of Others in a Religiously Plural World: Toward a Dialectical Conception of Pluralism173
10.Difference and Solidarity: Pneumatologies of Moltmann, Welker, and Hodgson198
Conclusion: Solidarity of Others as the Future of Theology222
Works Cited231
Index241

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