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The Challenge of Cultural Justice Under Conditions of Globalisation: is the New Testament of Any Use?1

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In the ebb and flow of history, many cultures and civilizations have come and gone. Globalisation is just a new and more potent cultural force that speeds up this process of assimilation, subjugation and eventual extinction. The museumization of "indigenous" cultures of yesteryear is but the same as fossils and mummies kept for the attention and curiosity of future generations. The author argues that globalisation as a cultural force poses two ethical challenges: first, the challenge of a competing cosmological story with its effect on identity and value-formation. Second: the challenge of cultural justice with its effect on community-in-diversity and the freedom of an unselfconscious life. The New Testament (NT) texts on the Lordship of Christ and the church as moral community are indeed "useful" and provide interesting clues on how to establish greater cultural justice in a global world.

Keywords: cultural justice; globalisation; moral community; New Testament (NT) texts



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