Embracing Hopelessness

Embracing Hopelessness

by Miguel De La Torre


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This book will attempt to explore faith-based responses to unending injustices by embracing the reality of hopelessness. It rejects the pontifications of some salvation history that move the faithful toward an eschatological promise that, when looking back at history, makes sense of all Christian-led brutalities, mayhem, and carnage.

Hope, as an illusion, is responsible for maintaining oppressive structures. This book struggles with a God who at times seems mute, demanding solidarity in the midst of perdition and a blessing in the midst of adversity. How can the Creator be so invisible during the troubling times in which we live-times filled with unbearable life-denying trials and tribulations? The book concludes with a term De La Torre has coined in other books: an ethics para joder-an ethics that "f*cks with." When all is hopeless, when neoliberalism has won, when there exists no chance of establishing justice, the only choice left for the oppressed is to "screw" with the structure, literally turning over the bankers‘ tables at the temple. By upsetting the norm, an opportunity might arise that can lead us to a more just situation, although such acts of defiance usually lead to crucifixion. Hopelessness is what leads to radical liberative praxis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506433417
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 10/01/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Miguel A. De La Torre is professor of social ethics at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. He has published over thirty-one books, including Social Justice from a Latino/a Perspective (2013), The Quest for the Historical Satan (Fortress Press, 2011), Liberating Jonah: Forming an Ethics of Reconciliation (2007), and Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins (2004). He was president of the Society for Christian Ethics and a board member of the American Academy of Religion. He was also the founding editor of the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion. His award-winning documentary Trails of Hope and Terror has been shown at international film festivals.

Table of Contents

Preface: The Order of Things
1. Those Who Ignore History Are Condemned to Construct New Ones
2. Believing Is Seeing
3. There Is No God, Only Auschwitz
4. (Race)ing Toward a New Age of Ignorance
5. F*ck It
6. Poetic Epilogue

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