Christian approaches to reconciliation seek to balance theology and ethics, convictions and practices. In a fragmented and unequal world, increasingly affected by forces of globalisation, the practices and processes of reconciliation are mediating, informed by justice, and intentionally peaceful. Such approaches for Christians are rooted in theological convictions about the story of God as told in the Christian Scriptures, and as embodied in the lives of Christian people and communities.
In this module you will be exploring key theological and ethical concepts such as reconciliation and justice, conflict and peacemaking, exclusion and inclusion of friend and enemy, offence and forgiveness, difference and the definition of ‘the other’.
The module seeks to earth such concepts in practices and embodied examples of individuals and communities such as Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and the Truth and Reconciliation process, and Mennonite peacemaking.
Throughout the module the theology and practices of reconciliation are applied to political, church and community contexts, informed by biblical and theological ethics, Baptist theology and contemporary reflection on mission.