n Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies - Citizenship in the Brazilian context - theoretically, practically and theologically
|Article Title||Citizenship in the Brazilian context - theoretically, practically and theologically|
|© Publisher:||Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS)|
|Journal||Missionalia : Southern African Journal of Mission Studies|
|Affiliations||1 Faculdades Est, Brazil|
|Publication Date||Jan 2015|
|Pages||438 - 459|
|Keyword(s)||Churches and democracy, Citizenship, Public theology and Religion and society - Brazil|
Citizenship has become the key concept for democracy in Brazil after transition. Often referred to, it denotes rather a conceptual field than a clear-cut definition. Following the central insights of Liberation Theology, seeking to adapt to the current democratic situation and the need for a focus on citizenship, this article argues for such focus within the framework of a public theology. First, it offers a theoretical, conceptual reflection, followed by a presentation of the contributions to citizenship by three major and representative Brazilian churches, the Roman Catholic Church, the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil and the Assemblies of God. Finally, it presents, briefly, five elements of a theology of citizenship based on central assets of Lutheran theology that are able to respond to current challenges of Brazilian democracy and society.
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