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The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa

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Modern Africa, scarred by its founding narratives of colonial oppression and nation-state politics, has been especially vulnerable to chaos, war, and corruption. Its people - caught in a seemingly endless cycle of violence, plunder, and poverty - have seen their resources exploited and their lives wantonly sacrificed time and again to the greed and ambition of oppressive regimes.

Review:

"What drives Katongole, a Duke University theologian born in Uganda, is the quest to know what difference Christianity makes--or can make--in Africa. He argues that conversation on Christian social ethics in Africa is long overdue and must shift 'exclusive focus on strategies for fixing the structures of democracy and development and get into the business of stories.' This book tells stories, stories of political and religious leaders who share qualities: nonconformist stubbornness, touches of madness, and willingness to jettison old formulas. The author, an ordained Catholic priest, tells gripping stories of people across Africa, such as Maggy Barankitse. Raised amid ethnic hatred in Burundi, she now takes in former child soldiers and orphans and ignores ethnicity in order to raise children 'beyond this hatred and bitterness that I came to see in their eyes.' The story of senseless killing must be replaced by a new kind of sacrifice--one of self-emptying, as Jesus Christ emptied himself in service to others, and by determination that forgiveness and love will have the last word, not violence and ethnic hatred. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

Emmauel Katongole is a Catholic priest from Uganda, born in 1960, who lived through the reign of Idi Amin and has seen the postcolonial struggles of his home country and its sub-Saharan neighbors Rwanda, the Congo, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and others up close and personal.

Looking at this region, ravaged by war, corruption, terror, genocide, and disease, Katongole wonders at length what difference Christianity makes or could make in numerous African nation-states. The Sacrifice of Africa argues that in the face of Africas social, political, and economic turmoil, a new future truly is possible, and displays how such a new future, inspired by Christian faith, looks.

About the Author

Emmanuel Katongole is associate research professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke Divinity School, founding codirector of the Duke Center for Reconciliation, and a Catholic priest of the Kampala Archdiocese in Uganda.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On being saved from King Leopold's ghost — I. Sacrificing Africa. Saving Africa : the reticence of Christianity — Reimagining social ethics in Africa : from skills to stories — Performing Africa : stories, politics, and the social imagination of Africa — II. Daring to invent the future. Daring to invent the future : the madness of Thomas Sankara — "A different world right here" : Jean-Marc la and reimagining the church in Africa — Things fall apart : Christianity, power, violence, and marginality — III. The sacrifice of Africa. Fighting tribalism "in a small way" : Bishop Paride Taban and the Kuron Peace Village — The sacrifice of Africa : Angelina Atyam and the politics of forgiveness — Gathering the fragments of a new future : Maggy Barankitse and Maison Shalom.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802862686
Author:
Katongole, Emmanuel
Publisher:
William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Subject:
Christianity and politics - Africa, Sub-
Subject:
Political theology - Africa, Sub-Saharan
Subject:
Christian Theology - Ethics
Subject:
Christianity-Theology and Ethics
Series:
Eerdmans Ekklesia
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
203

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History and Social Science » World History » Africa
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Religion » Comparative Religion » General
Religion » Western Religions » Social and Political Issues
Religion » Western Religions » Theology

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "What drives Katongole, a Duke University theologian born in Uganda, is the quest to know what difference Christianity makes--or can make--in Africa. He argues that conversation on Christian social ethics in Africa is long overdue and must shift 'exclusive focus on strategies for fixing the structures of democracy and development and get into the business of stories.' This book tells stories, stories of political and religious leaders who share qualities: nonconformist stubbornness, touches of madness, and willingness to jettison old formulas. The author, an ordained Catholic priest, tells gripping stories of people across Africa, such as Maggy Barankitse. Raised amid ethnic hatred in Burundi, she now takes in former child soldiers and orphans and ignores ethnicity in order to raise children 'beyond this hatred and bitterness that I came to see in their eyes.' The story of senseless killing must be replaced by a new kind of sacrifice--one of self-emptying, as Jesus Christ emptied himself in service to others, and by determination that forgiveness and love will have the last word, not violence and ethnic hatred. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , Emmauel Katongole is a Catholic priest from Uganda, born in 1960, who lived through the reign of Idi Amin and has seen the postcolonial struggles of his home country and its sub-Saharan neighbors Rwanda, the Congo, Zimbabwe, Liberia, and others up close and personal.

Looking at this region, ravaged by war, corruption, terror, genocide, and disease, Katongole wonders at length what difference Christianity makes or could make in numerous African nation-states. The Sacrifice of Africa argues that in the face of Africas social, political, and economic turmoil, a new future truly is possible, and displays how such a new future, inspired by Christian faith, looks.

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