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HTS Theological Studies

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HANKELA, Elina. Faith community as a centre of liberationist praxis in the city. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2014, vol.70, n.3, pp. 01-09. ISSN 2072-8050.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/hts.v70i3.2768.

Theologians speak of the silence of churches' prophetic voice in the 'new' South Africa, whilst the country features amongst the socio-economically most unequal countries in the world, and the urban areas in particular continue to be characterised by segregation. In this context I ask: where is liberation theology? I spell out my reading of some of the recent voices in the liberationist discourse. In dialogue with these scholars I, firstly, argue for the faith community to be made a conscious centre of liberationist debates and praxis. Secondly, I do this by suggesting two theoretical building blocks (i.e. critical deconstruction and radical friendship) for local faith communities that wish to grow in a liberationist fashion.

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