Review Article

Political Theology as critical theology

Tanya van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a3026 | DOI: | © 2015 Tanya van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 12 August 2015

About the author(s)

Tanya van Wyk, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article attempts to draw the scope and content of contemporary Political Theology, based on a review of the 2013 publication titled, Political Theology: Contemporary challenges and future directions, edited by Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Klaus Tanner and Michael Welker. The book is a collection of contributions which explore the contemporary content and potential future of the subject discipline. ‘Political Theology’ as critical theology and as a ‘theology with its face towards the world’ is committed to ‘justice, peace and the integrity of creation’ and is multifaceted. It represents a discipline with which theologians reflect on political-theological objectives across continents and paradigms. The article concludes with a brief investigation of the implications of insights offered in the book for the South African context (as part of the African continent).


politics; state; church; decolonize; post-colonial; feminist; liberation; South-Africa; Africa; diversity; paradigms; hermeneutics


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