Faith, hope, and the poor : the theological ideas and moral vision of Jean-Bertrand Aristide

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dc.contributor.advisor Vellem, Vuyani Shadrack
dc.contributor.postgraduate Joseph, Celucien
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-08T06:22:38Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-08T06:22:38Z
dc.date.created 2017-04-06
dc.date.issued 2017-02-16
dc.description Thesis (PhD)--University of Pretoria, 2017. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The objective of this research is to examine the theological ideas and moral vision of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and to explore how his theology (and theological hermeneutics and ethics) has influenced his politics of solidarity and social activism on behalf of the oppressed and the poor in Haiti in particular, and the wretched of the earth, in general. Through the use of the postcolonial, decolonial, and Liberation Theology paradigms as hermeneutical and theoretical methods of investigation, the project seeks to answer a threefold question: what is the relationship between theology and social activism and transformation in the thought and writings of Jean-Bertrand Aristide? What is the place and function of the community of faith, the poor, the oppressed, hope, and human liberation in the political theology of Jean-Bertrand Aristide? What is the place of (defensive) violence in Aristide’s theology? Our goal in this scholarly investigation is an attempt to provide an answer to these daunting questions above and to explore more fully and intelligently the theology of Jean-Bertrand Aristide. This present study considers Aristide’s democratic and social justice projects and theological reflections and theological intersections in the disciplines of theological anthropology, theological ethics, and political theology, as he himself engages all four simultaneously. The doctoral thesis locates Aristide’s thought and writings within Black intellectual tradition both in continental Africa and the African Diaspora. It establishes shared intellectual ideas and parallelisms, and strong ideological connections between Aristide and Black theologians and thinkers in both continental Africa and the African Diaspora. On one hand, Aristide’s intellectual ideas and political activism should be understood in the context of the struggle for democracy in Haiti; on the other hand, it is suggested the intellectual articulations and propositions of these Black and African thinkers aim at a common vision: the project to make our world new toward the common good. While we do not undermine the problem of violence in Aristide’s theology and political program in the context of Haitian history, the doctoral thesis argues that Aristide’s theological anthropology is a theology of reciprocity and mutuality, and correspondingly, his theological ethics is grounded in the theory of radical interactionality, interconnectedness, and interdependence, and the South African humanism of Ubuntu. It also contends that Aristide’s promotion of a theology of popular violence and aggression in the Haitian society should be understood as a cathartic mechanism and defensive violence aimed at defending the Haitian masses against the Duvalier regime and their oppressors. en_ZA
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dc.description.degree PhD en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Joseph, C 2017, Faith, hope, and the poor : the theological ideas and moral vision of Jean-Bertrand Aristide, PhD Thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd <http://hdl.handle.net/2263/59321>
dc.identifier.other A2017 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/59321
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher University of Pretoria
dc.rights © 2017 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.subject Theology en_ZA
dc.subject Systematic Theology en_ZA
dc.subject Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.subject Political Theology en_ZA
dc.subject Social Justice en_ZA
dc.subject Ubuntu en_ZA
dc.subject Jean-Bertrand Aristide en_ZA
dc.subject Theological Anthropology en_ZA
dc.subject Theological Ethics en_ZA
dc.subject Haiti en_ZA
dc.subject The Poor en_ZA
dc.subject Liberation Theology en_ZA
dc.subject UCTD en_ZA
dc.title Faith, hope, and the poor : the theological ideas and moral vision of Jean-Bertrand Aristide en_ZA
dc.type Thesis en_ZA


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