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Description - Opting for the Margins by Joerg Rieger

The "preferential option for the poor" - the idea that the poor and helpless have a claim to special consideration from society - has been one of the most significant developments in 20th-century Christian theology. Arising out of liberation theology, the option for the poor (and other people at the margins of society) has provided major new impulses for biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, ecclesial practice and the academic study of religion. Recently, however, options for the margins have been challenged by postmodern shifts in intellectual, social, political and economic realities that often replace preferential options with other emphases, such as general concerns for pluralism, otherness and difference. The essays in this volume show how some forms of postmodern thought and theology can mask patterns of oppression and provide an excuse for deafness to voices from the margins.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195161199
ISBN-10: 019516119X
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 164mm x 22mm)
Pages: 222
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Joerg Rieger

Joerg Rieger is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology (2001) and Remember the Poor: The Challenge to Theology in the Twenty-First Century (1998).

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