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Questioning the HumanToward a Theological Anthropology for the Twenty-First Century$
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Lieven Boeve, Yves De Maeseneer, and Ellen Van Stichel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823257522

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823257522.001.0001

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Public Theology: A Feminist View of Political Subjectivity and Praxis

Public Theology: A Feminist View of Political Subjectivity and Praxis

(p.148) Chapter 9 Public Theology: A Feminist View of Political Subjectivity and Praxis
Questioning the Human

Rosemary P. Carbine

Fordham University Press

This chapter takes up the challenge of non-Western voices for theology’s political relevance, more specifically for elaborating a constructive feminist public theology. Rosemary P. Carbine critically analyzes public theology’s prevailing anthropology, which often aligns itself with Euro-American modernity’s rationalist notion of humanity and its associated modes of political participation. This modern anthropology falsely naturalizes elite gendered, racial, nativist, and corporatist constructs of the human person. To offer a theo-political alternative view of public engagement and personhood, Carbine reconfigures public theology as the praxis of imagining, creating, and sustaining a community, and does so by revisiting Catholic social teaching on the Church’s public role in an eschatological and anthropological light. Feminist, womanist, and mujerista theological anthropologies propose a relational notion of the person, which Carbine weaves with Catholic social teaching into a religio-political reconceptualization of the imago Dei, beckoning us to live our full humanity in an ever more just community. Carbine argues that effective public theology should subsist in rhetorical, symbolical and prophetic practices that perform this community-creating work as exemplified by movements for social and economic justice as well as for the civil rights of immigrants.

Keywords:   Catholic social teaching, Political and public theology, Feminism, Womanist and Mujerista anthropology, Church, Relationality, Community

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