n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Economic globalisation, ecumenical theologies and ethics of justice in the twenty-first century

Volume 38, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0256-9507



This article examines the implications of economic globalisation for the church and society, and its relevance for ecumenical theologies and ethics of justice. It employs a multidisciplinary and multi-dialogical approach to theological ethics, in order to determine the manner in which this social phenomenon impacts on society, creation, and relations amongst people and creation. It also explores the way in which the processes of globalisation shape and/or influence theologies and ethics of justice. The article thus firstly provides definitional and descriptive theoretical frames that are employed by a variety of social sciences, theologies and ethics to describe globalisation. Secondly, the article engages in socio-political and ethical analyses of the globalisation. This is followed by analyses of ecumenical engagement with globalisation. Although globalisation is primarily perceived as a socio-political and economic phenomenon, the article argues that it impacts on theological- anthropology and ecological notions of theologies and thus, has to be viewed as an aspect that theologies and ethics ought to engage in seeking alternatives for the fullness of life for all people and creation. The article is written from the perspective of African feminist theological ethics.

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