An Interreligious Theology of the Poor
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Theology, according to liberation theologians is only a second step. The first is praxis. A liberating praxis puts the poor and the marginalised at the centre. It is found in the collective response of global religious communities responding to crises - and a global pandemic offers an important case in point, reminding religions of our shared humanity, and the need for interreligious cooperation and understanding to effect a positive response.
In the context of seismic socio-economic and political change, religion provides a communal response for feeding the poor, fighting for their rights, and challenging the post-colonial financial model that is now beginning to lose its ground.
This book blends an examination of emerging research on the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in marginalised communities, with the author's own research on social and poverty isolation in India, and his own experience as told in diaries written whilst in lockdown in a poor district of Santiago, Chile.
It challenges majority world churches and religions in a post-pandemic world to learn from each other and from Jesus' own identification with the outcast, and urges them to take on a way of life and prophetic learning from the world of the poor.
Introduction: A Post-Pandemic Theology of
Interfaith Liberation 1
1 A Crying Praxis of a Shared Humanity 29
2 Conversion and a Post-Pandemic Theology 62
3 Theologizing at the Waters 101
4 Interfaith Dialogue, the Indigenous, and Liberating Praxis 127
5 A Post-Pandemic Theology of Multiple Belonging 165
Conclusions: An Interfaith Theology of the Poor 188
"Written in a time of pandemic, After Pestilence meditatively brings together the sometimes disparate quiet of contemplation and action for liberation, interreligious encounter and the needs of the poor. Writing from his pandemic seclusion in Chile, Aguilar envisions an ever deeper interaction of people of faith globally, for the sake of the liberation of all …. This is a book for now, and a book for our future." --Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Harvard University, USA