Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing

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InterVarsity Press, Jan 9, 2010 - Religion - 169 pages
2009 Christianity Today Book Award winner! Our world is broken and cries out for reconciliation. But mere conflict resolution and peacemaking are not enough. What makes real reconciliation possible? How is it that some people are able to forgive the most horrendous of evils? And what role does God play in these stories? Does reconciliation make any sense apart from the biblical story of redemption? Secular models of peacemaking are insufficient. And the church has not always fulfilled its call to be agents of reconciliation in the world. In Reconciling All Things Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice, codirectors of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, cast a comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical, transformative, holistic and global. They draw on the resources of the Christian story, including their own individual experiences in Uganda and Mississippi, to bring solid, theological reflection to bear on the work of reconciling individuals, groups and societies. They recover distinctively Christian practices that will help the church be both a sign and an agent of God's reconciling love in the fragmented world of the twenty-first century. This powerful, concise book lays the philosophical foundations for the Resources for Reconciliation, a new series from InterVarsity Press and the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School which explores what it means to pursue hope in areas of brokenness in theory and practice.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1
21
Chapter 2
39
Chapter 3
47
Chapter 4
57
Chapter 5
75
Chapter 6
95
Chapter 7
109
Chapter 8
123
Recovering Reconciliation
147
Acknowledgments
153
Recommended Resources
155
Notes
159
About the Authors
161
Duke Divinity School Center
163
Resources for Reconciliation
167
More Titles from InterVarsity Press
168

Epilogue
143

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Emmanuel Katongole (Ph.D., Catholic University of Louvain) is associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke Divinity School. He grew up in Uganda, was ordained a Catholic priest of Kampala diocese, and taught philosophy and ethics at the Uganda National Seminary. He now teaches on the face of Jesus in Africa, the Rwanda genocide, politics, violence and theology, and AIDS and other social challenges. He is the author and editor of several books, including A Future for Africa and African Theology Today. Katongole and Chris Rice are founding codirectors of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School.

Chris Rice (DMin, Duke Divinity School) is the Duke Divinity School Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia. He and his wife, Donna, serve with the Mennonite Central Committee as MCC Country Representatives for Northeast Asia. They are based in Chuncheon, South Korea. He previously served as founder and codirector of the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation from 2005 to 2014. He grew up in South Korea, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries. He also spent many years living and working in Jackson, Mississippi, with Voice of Calvary Ministries. He was managing editor of Urban Family magazine, cofounder of Reconcilers Fellowship and convener of the Issue Group on Reconciliation at the 2004 Lausanne Forum on World Evangelization. He serves as chair of the Lausanne Special Interest Committee on Reconciliation and the leadership team of the Global Network for Reconciliation. He has written for such magazines as Sojourners, Christianity Today and Christian Century, and is author of Grace Matters, coauthor (with Spencer Perkins) of More Than Equals and coauthor (with Emmanuel Katongole) of Reconciling All Things.

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