Review Article

Political Theology as critical theology

Tanya van Wyk
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a3026 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.3026 | © 2015 Tanya van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 12 August 2015

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


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Abstract

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).

Keywords

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

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