A journal of academic theology

Volume 69 Number 2

Globalizing Solidarity: Christian Anthropology and the Challenge of Human Liberation

The article examines the role of theology in the context of globalization and its challenges to the human community. It explores the issue of human solidarity in the context of increasing economic polarities, cultural upheavals, and social disintegration. It offers an “overview” of globalization by looking at the current demographics of the global village, an

Globalization with a Human Face: Catholic Social Teaching and Globalization

Globalization raises an array of moral issues. The legacy of Catholic social teaching offers “ethical coordinates” that may prove useful in guiding globalization in a manner that advances the human good. At the same time the new social context being shaped by globalization demands that the tradition of Catholic social teaching undergo development in order

Globalization’s Shifting Economic and Moral Terrain: Contesting Market Place Mores

Major shifts in economic life have always been accompanied by corresponding changes in the public’s economic morality. Contemporary globalization is pulling the moral agent in opposite directions: greater moral obligations versus the competitive individualism required by an increasingly unforgiving marketplace. Moreover, the market, not governments or the grassroots, is emerging as the dominant determinant of

Economic Globalization and Asian Contextual Theology

Asian contextual theology tends to define globalization as a contemporary form of colonialism. Realizing the failure of past evangelization and contemporary American-oriented Evangelicalism in honoring the dignity and interests of local people, Asian contextual theologians reside in the antiglobalization camp. They locate themselves there for sound theological reasons, but their position does not reflect a

Neoliberal Globalization: Critiques and Alternatives

The author presents an overview of neoliberal globalization, its critics, and proposed policy alternatives. The contributions of Catholic social teaching to the globalization debate are highlighted. Several suggestions are made for enhancing Catholic teaching.

Migrant Tourist Pilgrim Monk: Mobility and Identity in a Global Age

Globalization is often portrayed as ushering in a world without borders, a mobile world where everything is shifting. This essay aims to nuance this portrayal by examining different kinds of mobility in the globalized world and the identities they create. It begins with examining two typical figures from a globalized world: the migrant and the

What Does Mumbai Have to Do with Rome? Postcolonial Perspectives on Globatlization and Theology

Does postcolonial theory that cogently presents postcolonial perspectives on globalization have relevance for theology? The article argues that postcolonial theory’s emphasis on eschewing identity-based strategies for liberation is an urgent necessity in a globalized and militarized world. Postcolonial theorists seek justice and care for the poorest women and children of the Global South, arguing that

Religious Pluralism in an Era of Globalization: The Making of Modern Religious Identity

Impacted by the technologies that make the world a single place, the theological discourse on religious pluralism comes to expression in the era of globalization as religious differences are in ever greater contact. However, the construction of religious identity that emerged in the early stages of globalization may need to be rethought and theologies constructed

Where Is the Church? Globalization and Catholicity?

Theological considerations of the cultural effects of globalization have focused largely on homogenization: the erosion of local cultures by some dominant globalizing culture. This article considers three contrasting analyses. Globalization also fosters cultural fragmentation and purification, the abstraction of culture and social space from geographical space, and a reduction of culture to identity. These additional

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