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A Theology of Community: The Ubuntu Theology of Desmond Tutu

Battle, Michael
June 4, 2015

Source: (2000) Interpretation. 54(2): 173

The author of this article explores the transition in spiritual leadership in South Africa. Major spiritual leaders are dead, retiring, or moving to more reflective stages in their lives. Michael Battle perceives in this a split between spiritual leadership per se and spiritual leadership that addresses the political sphere. If South Africa has depended on Tutu to articulate why forgiveness is better than retributive justice, what will happen when South Africans face future political crises without major, public, spiritual leaders like Tutu? With this in mind, Battle examines Tutu’s theological model of forgiveness, his role in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and his articulation of forgiveness and repentance in relation to the political sphere.


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