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More Than Ever

Dwight N. Hopkins

in Opting for the Margins

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780195161199
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019516119X.003.0007

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

 More Than Ever

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Although postmodernity raises issues that wouldseem to call for the abandonment of the preferential option for the poor, that option is more necessary than ever, and postmodernity only intensifies that need. Postmodernity has intensified exploitation, oppression, discrimination, and exclusion. The author examines the past and present meanings of the preferential option, from Scripture, in the tradition of African-American sacred life, and in the work of Gustavo Gutiérrez. To prefer the poor is to call for a transformed individual self in service tothe larger collective ownership of God’s creation. Postmodernity should be judged by belief and practice anchored in the preferential option for the poor.

Keywords: African-American; Gutiérrez, Gustavo; postmodernity; preferential option

Chapter.  7515 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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