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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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Knowing the God of the Poor

Knowing the God of the Poor

The Preferential Option for the Poor

(p.143) 7 Knowing the God of the Poor
Opting for the Margins

Roberto S. Goizueta

Oxford University Press

The claim that, in the crucified and risen Christ, God is preferentially identified with the victims of the history transforms the preferential option for the poor from an ethical imperative into the privileged locus of all Christian theology. The author argues that the preferential option makes not only ethical but also epistemological and theological claims. The possibility of preferring some viewpoints or of making normative truth-claims is the precondition of an authentic, pluralistic community that affirms the dignity of all peoples. The preferential option forces us to confront the question of truth; Christian praxis is liberating only because it affirms something that is real or true.

Keywords:   epistemology, praxis, preferential option, truth, truth-claims

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