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Epilogue: Contextual Theologies As Open Systems

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The often-cited epistemological break with Western theology that Third World theologians executed is of a methodical nature. As the example of South Korea vividly shows, Third World societies are subject to permanent changes. According to the theory of contextual theology, this change provides for new perspectives on the text and evokes new generative themes in the hermeneutical circle. At the same time this theory that has been developed in the last two decades also has to be reshaped under the impact of the changes that globalization brings about. Reconciliation, reconstruction and reparation are the new generative themes in the socio-economic and political sector. Postcolonial critics have declared both colonized as well as colonizers to be subjects of the intercultural discourse on justice, culture and religion. One has to be aware of the four aforementioned interrelated dilemmas of particularity-universality, relevance-identity, exclusivism-inclusivism and plurality-unity.

Keywords: contextual theologies; globalization; Minjung theology; postcolonial critics

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