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Practicing Ubuntu: Practical Theological Perspectives on Injustice, Personhood and Human Dignity.


Practicing Ubuntu: Practical Theological Perspectives on Injustice, Personhood and Human Dignity

Edited by Jaco Dreyer, Yolanda Dreyer, Edward Foley, and Malan Nel

LIT Verlag


262 pages


International Practical Theology; Volume 20


Drawn from a four-day conference held in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2015, the 22 essays in this volume consider the African concept of ubuntu, or the practice of being humane, in the context of justice, personhood, and human dignity in Southern African and wider international contexts. Theology scholars from South Africa, North America, Australia, and Europe explore the philosophy, epistemology, and ethics of ubuntu, and practices informed by ubuntu-like values, addressing its relationship to bumuntu and human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the return to the self and the evolutionary development of humans to language and pro-sociality, and how practical theology can engage with a world that increasingly denies the presence of God. They also examine ubuntu from the South African perspective, including personhood, family, identity, and co-existence in the context of people of mixed race; the concept of ubuntu as olived lifeo; the ideas of Desmond Tutu; and a new ubuntu infused with Christian values. The final section addresses the relevance of ubuntu for the global world, including New Mexico, the migration crisis in Europe, the anti-communist massacre in Indonesia, the Tamil concept of Manithaneyam, young African-descended women subject to partner violence and potential HIV/AIDS infection in the US and South Africa, the relationship to organizational spirituality and Trinitarian theology, and multiple identity politics. Distributed in the US by ISBS. ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)

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