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Opting for the MarginsPostmodernity and Liberation in Christian Theology$
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Joerg Rieger

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195161199

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019516119X.001.0001

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More Than Ever

More Than Ever

The Preferential Option for the Poor

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Opting for the Margins

Dwight N. Hopkins

Oxford University Press

Although postmodernity raises issues that wouldseem to call for the abandonment of the preferential option for the poor, that option is more necessary than ever, and postmodernity only intensifies that need. Postmodernity has intensified exploitation, oppression, discrimination, and exclusion. The author examines the past and present meanings of the preferential option, from Scripture, in the tradition of African-American sacred life, and in the work of Gustavo Gutiérrez. To prefer the poor is to call for a transformed individual self in service tothe larger collective ownership of God’s creation. Postmodernity should be judged by belief and practice anchored in the preferential option for the poor.

Keywords:   African-American, Gutiérrez, Gustavo, postmodernity, preferential option

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