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Earth-honoring FaithReligious Ethics in a New Key$
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Larry L. Rasmussen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199917006

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917006.001.0001

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Prophetic-Liberative Practices and Oppression

Prophetic-Liberative Practices and Oppression

(p.305) 11 Prophetic-Liberative Practices and Oppression
Earth-honoring Faith

Larry L. Rasmussen

Oxford University Press

The heart of prophetic/liberative religious traditions is justice-centered faith. Its key is shared power. Both express a thirst for life. With justice for creation viewed as the center of religious faith and its morality, this chapter focuses on shared power as the means to overcome the oppression that follows from race, class, gender, or cultural privilege. A restructured ethic of power that counters the structured oppression of nature, including its human communities, is offered. Three case studies, around three key figures, are used for this—Martin Luther King, Jr. in the U. S., Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Germany, and Mohandas Gandhi in India. The work of Jared Diamond in Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed supplements these studies.

Keywords:   prophetic/liberative traditions, social science tools, power analysis, Bonhoeffer, King, Gandhi, the world house, Diamond

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