The thesis of this book is quite simple. The globalization of the world brings together different groups into common space and produces a twofold dialectic, the dialectic of differentiation in which we are made increasingly aware of differences in nationality, culture, religion, ethnicity, gender, class, and language, and the dialectic of interdependence in which we are compelled to find a way of living together despite our differences. The central challenge of the globalizing world is how to manage and transform this twofold, antithetical dialectic of simultaneous differentiation and interdependence into a solidarity of others, the mutual solidarity of those who are different.
The Christian tradition provides abundant resources worth retrieving for this theological purpose. Using the paradigm of solidarity of others as the central theme of theology, it is possible and appropriate to renew the doctrine of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of solidarity and recapture the inspiring and illuminating potential of the classical, authentically Christian metaphor of the body of Christ as embodiment of this solidarity.
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- Critical, sympathetic reflection on the achievement and significance of Emmanuel Levinas
- Focus on Jacques Derrida’s conception of the messianic and his critique of all determinacies in the name of differance
- Presentation of an appreciative review of philosophical, cultural, and feminist postmodernisms in terms of Derrida and recent sociological and feminist discussions
- Critique of the postmodernisms and a constructive philosophical response to them in terms of expanded concepts of solidarity and human nature
- Anticipatory sketch of a theology of solidarity
- Title: The Solidarity of Others in a Divided World: A Postmodern Theology after Postmodernism
- Author: Anselm Kyongsuk Min
- Publisher: Continuum International
- Publication Date: 2004
- Pages: 256
About Anselm Kyongsuk Min
Anselm Kyongsuk Min is a professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University and the author of Dialectic of Salvation: Issues in Theology of Liberation.