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Black Theology of liberation: A theology of life in the context of Empire

Vuyani S. Vellem
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 3 | a1470 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i3.1470 | © 2015 Vuyani S. Vellem | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 May 2015 | Published: 30 November 2015

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Vuyani S. Vellem, Department of Dogmatics and Christian Ethics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


The cry for life by the peoples of the global South and all the victims of the vicious antics of Empire is our hope. Living against the logic of Empire is rebellion against the life killing order of Empire. This cry for life, the article argues, is our method for reasserting the goals of Black Theology of liberation as life – life as a precondition to all ethical claims. Racism cannot be treated as a marginal aspect of modernity and, ipso facto, economics. Capitalism exists in a symbiotic relationship between racism, hiding in the husk of Empire that feeds on the paradigms of life Empire destroys and kills. Using as an illustration the dynamics of the mind, unmasking the universe of Empire is the task of a Black Theology of liberation as a theology of life.


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