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The Political Theology of the New Right (tags)

The new right-wing movements try to create a state of emergency with the help of apocalyptic rhetoric. Apocalypticists long for the final struggle between good and evil. Eschatologists are driven by a theology of hope.

Dorothee Soelle: Teacher of God and Prophetess (tags)

Twenty years ago Dorothee Soelle warned of that totalitarian religion in North America that is in power today. She spoke of “Christo-fascism” and meant the “Christian” glossing over a capitalist system that goes along with murder, exploitation and destruction.

Mary's Revolt for Life (tags)

The civilization made and guided by men seriously threatens survival on the earth. The song of Christmas is not a sweet lullaby but a feminine rebellion against the world of death worshipers. The gifts of this earth do not belong to us.

Faith Heals Reason (tags)

"There is a beautiful fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen where the devil builds a mirror that distorts everything beautiful and good into nothing. The most glorious countrysides appear like boiled spinach, the best persons are repulsive or without torsos.."

Epilogue to a Life: Dorothee Soelle (tags)

Dorothee Soelle combined political activism and mysticism, unconventional thinking and passion for life. This epilogue written by her partner, the theologian and former Benedictine monk Fulbert Steffensky, reveals the feistyness and childlikeness of the liberation theologian.

The Social Contract and the Kingdom of God (tags)

When the social contract disappears, we become wolves to each other. The tradition of prophetic socialism emphasizes the reign of God as the imperative for peace, justice and preservation of nature. Utopia is not a different world but a better world (Christoph Blumhardt).

"Only the one who cries for the Jews may sing Gregorian" (tags)

Crying and singing, ethical engagement and praising God belong together. The great events of world history should be seen from below, from the perspective of the dismissed, suspicious, mistreated, powerless, oppressed and mocked. God's honor is the person who lives.

Liberation Theology (tags)

Theology of liberation understands itself as an historical and contextual theology, an alternative to European theology which is an imperialist theology for Latin American peoples. Liberation theology emphasizes structurally anchored sins like oppression and impunity.

Justice and Peace: Globalization from Below (tags)

Free trade is one of the most important idols that rule over us in Babylon..Deregulation as the owners of the world call this lawlessness leads to new forms of impoverishment..The greatest terrorist is neoliberal economicorder

Resistant Chrisianity by Dorothee Soelle (tags)

Resistance is part of our nature as antibodies are part of our bodies. If Christianity is conformist and not revolutionary, it is only a caricature. Dorothee saw Christianity as ecumencial, feminist and mystical and as passion for justice.

Mysticism and Resistance (tags)

Mystical experience cannot be separated from social relations.. The land that was once home became a place of homeless-ness, a land of culprits that saw itself as a victim and only rarely accepted responsibility for what happened.

Political and Spiritual Corruption (tags)

Hope is what sets us apart from the rest of creation. We can go beyond everything past and present in the power of the coming, the power of the promise. This was Jurgen Molt-mann's discovery in a British prisoner of war camp in World War II.

Literacy in Economic Questions (tags)

The neoliberal total market was created through political strategies, above all the installation of dictatorships by the secret service and military interventions of the US, not through democracy.."

Globalization and the Social State (tags)

The economy exists for people, not vice versa. The economy needs a framework offering orientation to economic actors and showing the limits of the tolerable. This framework is not a limitation of freedom but the necessary condition for success..

Remembering Dorothee Soelle by Renate Borger (tags)

The fate of love in the middle-class world is its reduction.. The language of love is often destroyed by institutions like the family and the church.. Love is reduced to a private, helpless and sentimental affair.

Can the Militarist See Outside the Box? (tags)

Liberation theology and the theology of hope can give us strength against fundamentalism intolerance and jingoism generated by hyper-materialism. False consciousness can be replaced by exchanging roles and egalitarian passion.

Nature as Healer and Teacher (tags)

Nature is a healer and teacher, a wounded healer and scorned teacher, a majestic fountain of awe, wonder and inspiration.. Nature cries in pain because she is reduced to a free good, external or sink by a one-dimensional economism.

"For Another World". Dorothee Soelle and "Pax Americana" (tags)

The neighbor falls by the wayside amid the burning questions "How do I accept myself?" and "How am I beautiful?" The liberation theologian Dorothee Soelle sees individualism as one of the stigmata of the American way of life.

Overcoming Violence (tags)

"I compare this new movement with the early battles for the abolition of slavery in the 18th century..At that time a hundred years were needed to abolish slavery, end child labor and introduce minimum wages..We need a different economic globalization from below..

"For Another World". Dorothee Soelle and "Pax Americana" (tags)

"A neighbor whether near or far has no chance any more amid the burning questions "How do I accept myself?", "How should I treat myself?", "How am I beautiful?" ..Marvelous little flowers grow somehow out of the concfrete."Translated from the German

Faith Heals Reason (tags)

"There is a beautiful fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen where the devil builds a mirror that distorts everything beautiful and good into nothing.. I asked myself whether or not Andersen meant scientific reason.." This sermon is translated from the German.

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