Magazine article The Christian Century

Fight Globalization, Theologian Tells Churches

Magazine article The Christian Century

Fight Globalization, Theologian Tells Churches

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A leading Christian theologian has urged churches to take tougher action against globalization and not merely engage in "a war of words against it." Globalization and its negative effects, particularly on the population of the developing world, have frequently been attacked by churches and related organizations in both the industrialized world of Western Europe/North America and in the developing nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Addressing 70 delegates attending the executive committee meeting of the World Alliance of Reformed Churches as it began on July 21 in Bangalore in southern India, Choan-Seng Song, WARC's president, described globalization as the "relentless pursuit of [a system of] politics almost entirely dictated by economic domination in this post-cold-war era."

Song, a Taiwanese-born Presbyterian theologian who teaches in the U.S., referred to a WARC declaration on economic injustice dating from 1997, adding: "The world has come to take confessions and declarations made by the Christian communities with a grain of salt, not expecting us Christians to mean seriously what we say."

WARC's president said the organization member churches had a duty to live up to the "Processus Confessionis," a declaration from WARC's 23rd general council at Debrecen, Hungary, in 1997, which calls for a "committed process of progressive recognition, education and confession within all WARC member churches at all levels regarding injustice and ecological destruction.'

"What happened at the 23rd General Council is one thing, and what has happened since then is quite another thing," Song said in his presidential address. …

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