Chapter 13: The Emerging Political Scenario: the People’s Search For an Alternative  in  The Church’s Mission and Post-Modern Humanism

Book Chapter by M. M. Thomas

It is quite unrealistic to build our hope on the expectation that market economy is moving to any inevitable doom or that we can count on the permanence of the democratic polity in India continuing to permit agitation of peoples’ movements against the present pattern of development. Capitalism has shown its resilience before; and if India’s ruling class feels seriously threatened by peoples’ movements there is real possibility of democratic freedoms being restricted.

Chapter 13: The Struggle for Justice and Peace, by Jose Miguez Bonino  in  Ethical Issues in the Struggles for Justice

Book Chapter by Daniel Chetti and M.P. Joseph

A look at: 1. Some of the basic points of departure for a Christian consideration of issues of justice and peace. 2. A brief review of the issues from the specific consideration of the situation of the poor as a test for Christian commitment. 3. Some ways in which the Christian community and churches can participate in these struggles.

Chapter 14: The Future of Liberation Theology in Latin America, by Sergio Torres G.  in  Ethical Issues in the Struggles for Justice

Book Chapter by Daniel Chetti and M.P. Joseph

We are at the beginning of a new theological development, that of Liberation Theology. This theology is recognizing and assuming the rich indigenous cultures present in the continent before the arrival of the conquerors. There are already some indigenous theologians who are developing this new perspective. They are thinking from inside their traditional cultures and religions. They do not accept any more the presence of outsiders, especially white people, who pretend to speak on behalf of traditional persons.

Chapter 15: Globalization and its Cultural Consequences by S. J. Samartha  in  Ethical Issues in the Struggles for Justice

Book Chapter by Daniel Chetti and M.P. Joseph

With the removal of socialism as an alternative, the whole world is thrown open to the claim of market economy, liberal democracy and the powerful march of Western cultural values all over the globe. This claim, in theory and practice, is as exclusive as any made by certain religions in history, and has the same tragic consequences on the life of other people who refuse to accept such claims.

Chapter 16: Self-interest and Justice in Development, by C.T. Kurien  in  Ethical Issues in the Struggles for Justice

Book Chapter by Daniel Chetti and M.P. Joseph

With the apparent triumph of capitalism over its rival economic arrangements the view is gaining ground that whatever may be the content of development, there is only one route to it and that is growth. Increasingly, the writings of Adam Smith are being evoked to rehabilitate what may be called a "growth first" approach to development. It is also held that according to Adam Smith, it is the self-interest of the individual that results in growth and wealth, and not any organized national effort to achieve them.