Theology and the Power of the Margins in a Postmodern World

Joerg Rieger

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

 Theology and the Power of the Margins in a Postmodern World

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Two critiques of modernity–postmodernity and the experience of people on the margins–have broadened the horizons of theological reflection. This essay investigates what happens when these two critiques meet in situations that push toward liberation. It considers how the postmodern critique of identity helps theology connect with marginalized people, challenge universal definitions of identity constructed by the powerful, and helps in developing new and more effective strategies of resistance to oppression. However, postmodernist discourses must also be challenged in the light of encounters with the subjugated other, including the discourse of postcolonialismand subaltern studies.

Keywords: identity; liberation; marginalized; modernity; postcolonialism; postmodernity; resistance

Chapter.  10337 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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