Conference Proceeding

Theological reflections on empire

Allan A. Boesak
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 65, No 1 | a291 | DOI: | © 2009 Allan A. Boesak | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 12 June 2009 | Published: 06 November 2009

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Allan A. Boesak, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

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Since the meeting of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in Accra, Ghana (2004), and the adoption of the Accra Declaration, a debate has been raging in the churches about globalisation, socio-economic justice, ecological responsibility, political and cultural domination and globalised war. Central to this debate is the concept of empire and the way the United States is increasingly becoming its embodiment. Is the United States a global empire? This article argues that the United States has indeed become the expression of a modern empire and that this reality has considerable consequences, not just for global economics and politics but for theological refl ection as well.


empire; colonialism; globalisation; Accra declaration; World Alliance of Reformed Churches


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