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The Solidarity of Others in a Divided World : A Postmodern Theology After Postmodernism - Anselm Kyongsuk Min

The Solidarity of Others in a Divided World

A Postmodern Theology After Postmodernism

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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 task of contemporary Christian theology is to interpret this demand of the new kairos in light of its biblical and theological tradition and provide a conceptually coherent, systematic mediation between the context of globalization and the demand of its inherited faith. The Christian tradition provides abundant resources worth retrieving for this theological purpose: the example of the historical Jesus in his solidarity with the marginalized others of society, his crucifixion and resurrection as signs of his solidarity in suffering and hope, the triune God as a communion of three persons in their difference, the incarnation as solidarity of the human and divine in their radical difference.

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.

Min negotiates difficult terrain gracefully: in the name of difference, he denounces all tendencies to totality, universalism and unchanging essences emphasizing the strength of postmodernism as the commitment to justice and calling for a 'heterological imperative' or a willingness to subject our convictions to the challenge, views and identities of others (p.62). --,

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Solidarity of Others as the Burden of Contemporary Theologyp. 1
After Postmodernism: A Critique of Difference
Levinas and the Liberation of the Other: Toward a Dialectic of Totality, Infinity, and Solidarityp. 7
The Other without History and Society: A Dialogue with Derridap. 30
The Reign of Difference: Postmodernism in Philosophy, Culture, and Politicsp. 47
From Difference to the Solidarity of Others: Sublating Postmodernismp. 65
Solidarity of Others: Toward a Postmodern Theology
Renewing the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit in an Oppressive World: Prolegomena to a Pneumatology of Liberating Solidarityp. 91
Solidarity of Others in the Movement of the Holy Spirit: Pneumatology in a Divided Worldp. 109
Solidarity of Others in the Body of Christ: Christology in a Divided Worldp. 134
Praxis and Pluralism: A Liberationist Theology of Religionsp. 156
Solidarity of Others in a Religiously Plural World: Toward a Dialectical Conception of Pluralismp. 173
Difference and Solidarity: Pneumatologies of Moltmann, Welker, and Hodgsonp. 198
Conclusion: Solidarity of Others as the Future of Theologyp. 222
Works Citedp. 231
Indexp. 241
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ISBN: 9780567025708
ISBN-10: 0567025705
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 245
Published: 3rd February 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1