Toward a Theology of Struggle

Toward a Theology of Struggle

by Eleazar S. Fernandez


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606082362
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 02/28/2009
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Eleanzar S. Fernandez is a pastor in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines. He received his doctorate from Vanderbilt and currently teaches at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, New Brighton, Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction 1

1 The Context: The Pathos and Hope of a Struggling People 6

Reading History from the Underside 6

History of Resistance and Struggle 8

2 Christians in the Struggle and the Emergence of the Theology of Struggle: A Theological Reading of the Philippine Context 19

Christians in the Struggle 20

The Emergence of the Theology of Struggle 22

Basic Orientation of the Emerging Theology of Struggle 24

The Theology of Struggle and Its Theological Place 29

Moving Further in the Journey: Mapping the Direction for Theological Construction 30

3 Cry for Deliverance: Suffering, Hope, and Politics of Struggle 33

The People's Cry: Suffering as a Theopolitical Question 34

History as Eschatology: Eschatology as the Horizon of Hope 43

The Transfiguration of Suffering and Hope into the Politics of Struggle 53

Discerning God's Presence in the Suffering, Hope, and Struggle of a People: Option for the Victims 61

4 Struggle for Historical Selfhood and Humanity 64

Anthropology from the Center to the Periphery 67

A Theological Reading of Anthropology: Alienating and Liberating Anthropologies 75

Philippine Politics and the Quest for the New Human Being: Filipino Image, Image of God 91

5 The Christo-Praxis of a People: The "Pasyon," Death, and Resurrection of the "Sambayanang Pilipino" 97

Jesus as the Suffering and Struggling Filipinos 98

Jesus and the Politics of Struggle 106

Fusion of Horizons: Jesus and the Contemporary Challenge in the Philippines 123

6 A Search for an Ecclesiology of Struggle, Peoplehood, and Human Dwelling 127

The Rise of Ecclesiocentric Christianity 129

Challenges tothe Christendom Church 136

Towards a New Ecclesial Paradigm 143

7 In Search of a Theological Method 158

Critique of Theology under the House of Authority: Its Collapse and Fragmentation 159

Farewell to the House of Authority, Farewell to Innocent Theology: A Disenchantment of the Western Disenchantment of its Own Disenchantment 162

The Theology of Struggle as a New Way of Doing Theology 164

When Writing Ends: Commencement of Action 187

Index 189

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