Born from Lament

The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa

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Emmanuel Katongole
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
    , April
     2017.
     314 pages.
     $30.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780802874344.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

There is no more urgent theological task than to provide an account of hope in Africa, given its endless cycles of violence, war, poverty, and displacement. So claims Emmanuel Katongole, an innovative theological voice from Africa.

In the midst of suffering, Katongole says, hope takes the form of "arguing" and "wrestling" with God. Such lament is not merely a cry of pain—it is a way of mourning, protesting, and appealing to God. As he unpacks the rich theological and social dimensions of the practice of lament in Africa, Katongole tells the stories of courageous Christian activists working for change in East Africa and invites readers to enter into lament along with them.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Emmanuel Katongole is associate professor of theology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, and a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Kampala, Uganda. His other books include The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa and Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda.

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