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Whose Justice? Which Democracy? Justice, reconciliation and democracy in post-genocide Rwanda – challenges to public theology


Schliesser, Christine (2018). Whose Justice? Which Democracy? Justice, reconciliation and democracy in post-genocide Rwanda – challenges to public theology. International Journal of Public Theology, 12(1):24-37.

Abstract

How can a public theology advance the task of democracy in order to bring forth justice for all? This article focuses on post-genocide Rwanda as a current example of a country’s quest for justice, reconciliation and democratization after severe violent conflict. The first part traces the historical background of the Rwandan genocide with specific attention on the lack of just and democratic structures in pre-genocide Rwanda and the roles of the Christian churches therein. The second part explores the Christian churches’ involvement in the country’s current reconciliation process. Here, the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda (EPR) serves as a case study. The third part critically assesses the churches’ contribution to reconciliation with regards to how it serves to enhance—or hinder—the implementation of just and democratic structures.

Abstract

How can a public theology advance the task of democracy in order to bring forth justice for all? This article focuses on post-genocide Rwanda as a current example of a country’s quest for justice, reconciliation and democratization after severe violent conflict. The first part traces the historical background of the Rwandan genocide with specific attention on the lack of just and democratic structures in pre-genocide Rwanda and the roles of the Christian churches therein. The second part explores the Christian churches’ involvement in the country’s current reconciliation process. Here, the Presbyterian Church of Rwanda (EPR) serves as a case study. The third part critically assesses the churches’ contribution to reconciliation with regards to how it serves to enhance—or hinder—the implementation of just and democratic structures.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Religious Studies
Social Sciences & Humanities > Sociology and Political Science
Language:English
Date:April 2018
Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 12:27
Last Modified:23 Apr 2020 00:00
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:1872-5171
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/15697320-12341521

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