Prophetic-Liberative Practices and Oppression

Larry L. Rasmussen

in Earth-honoring Faith

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199917006
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980314 | DOI:
Prophetic-Liberative Practices and Oppression

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The heart of prophetic/liberative religious traditions is justice-centered faith. Its key is shared power. Both express a thirst for life. With justice for creation viewed as the center of religious faith and its morality, this chapter focuses on shared power as the means to overcome the oppression that follows from race, class, gender, or cultural privilege. A restructured ethic of power that counters the structured oppression of nature, including its human communities, is offered. Three case studies, around three key figures, are used for this—Martin Luther King, Jr. in the U. S., Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany, and Mohandas Gandhi in India. The work of Jared Diamond in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed supplements these studies.

Keywords: prophetic/liberative traditions; social science tools; power analysis; Bonhoeffer; King; Gandhi; the world house; Diamond

Chapter.  11595 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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