On (Re)Centering the Margins

David N. Field

in Opting for the Margins

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161199
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835201 | DOI:

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

 On (Re)Centering the Margins

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While many theologians have turned from the preferential option to a postmodern emphasis on otherness and difference, the author contends that the discourse of postmodernity, which is linked to the shifts in global capitalism, has destructive and oppressive potential, particularly for Africans. The preferential option entails that God is partial to the marginalized and that God works from the margins. Thus, an orientation to the other is not theologically sufficient; what is required is orientation to the exploited, suffering, and abandoned other, gained through a kenotic pilgrimage to the margins. A liberative theology that respects otherness will be rooted in the sociocultural realities experienced by Africans as they resist the forces of death and struggle for liberation and life. African theologies offer an alternative vision of Christian faith and praxis that critiques and corrects North Atlantic theologies.

Keywords: Africa; capitalism; liberation; otherness; postmodernity; preferential option

Chapter.  12045 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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