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Knowing the God of the Poor

Roberto S. Goizueta

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.003.0008

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

 Knowing the God of the Poor

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The claim that, in the crucified and risen Christ, God is preferentially identified with the victims of the history transforms the preferential option for the poor from an ethical imperative into the privileged locus of all Christian theology. The author argues that the preferential option makes not only ethical but also epistemological and theological claims. The possibility of preferring some viewpoints or of making normative truth-claims is the precondition of an authentic, pluralistic community that affirms the dignity of all peoples. The preferential option forces us to confront the question of truth; Christian praxis is liberating only because it affirms something that is real or true.

Keywords: epistemology; praxis; preferential option; truth; truth-claims

Chapter.  6502 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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