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), pp. 24-37. Brill 10.1163/15697320-12341521

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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. (Accepted, pre-published version)

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Historical Theology

UniBE Contributor:

Schliesser, Christine

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 170 Ethics
200 Religion
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 350 Public administration & military science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services

ISSN:

1872-5171

Publisher:

Brill

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christine Schliesser

Date Deposited:

22 May 2019 13:48

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 00:41

Publisher DOI:

10.1163/15697320-12341521

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.128148

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/128148

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