Redressing the past, doing justice in the present : necessary paradoxes

Show simple item record Van Wyk, Tanya 2020-02-27T06:38:00Z 2020-02-27T06:38:00Z 2019-11-12
dc.description This research is part of the project, ‘Reconciling Diversity’, directed by Dr Tanya van Wyk, Department of Systematic and Historical Theology, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description HTS 75th Anniversary Maake Masango Dedication. en_ZA
dc.description This article represents re-worked aspects of a paper entitled ‘Reconciling diversity ‘after the locusts’: A political-theological landscape’, presented at the conference entitled ‘Land: Texts, narratives and practices’, which took place at the University of Pretoria from 31 August to 01 September 2016. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract In this contribution, the connection between redressing the past and doing justice in the present is explored by presenting the notion of ‘paradox’ as a response to ‘binary thinking’. In this regard, ‘paradox’ denotes contradictory, yet interrelated aspects that exist simultaneously. ‘Binary thinking’ refers to either/or categorical aspects that cannot co-exist. Two paradoxes are explored as a response to increasing polarisation because of a struggle in redressing past injustices: the paradox of remembering and forgetting and the paradox of difference and sameness. This is done by bringing the work of the South African practical theologian, Denise Ackermann, in conversation with the work of the Croatian systematic theologian, Miroslav Volf. From different origins and experiences, both offer a way forward, and a way to move on beyond the devastation that is caused by dealing with injustice, difference and memory in a polarising fashion. The contribution concludes with a reflection on the notion of ‘ceding space’ from a Trinitarian theological perspective. The ceding of space is proposed as act of transformation, as the outcome of the ideas proposed by Ackermann and Volf, and as a way to live together, ‘after the locusts’. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Van Wyk, T., 2019, ‘Redressing the past, doing justice in the present: Necessary paradoxes’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(4), a5625. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.issn 10.4102/hts.v75i4.5625
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Paradox en_ZA
dc.subject Binary en_ZA
dc.subject Justice en_ZA
dc.subject Transformation en_ZA
dc.subject Identity en_ZA
dc.subject Diversity en_ZA
dc.subject Otherness en_ZA
dc.subject Memory en_ZA
dc.subject Hybridity en_ZA
dc.subject Trinitarian theology en_ZA
dc.title Redressing the past, doing justice in the present : necessary paradoxes en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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