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A Theology of the Urban Space

Nestor O. Miguez

This article discusses the development of a theology of the urban space from a Latin American point of view, without ignoring the global implications of the present expansion of urban life. It shows how the reality of urban life has affected our way of doing theology, especially through notions of development, planning, and progress. The article proposes a change of paradigm through a theology of dialogue among human beings with God and with the whole of creation. It also shows the effects of corruption, not only as an occasional occurrence but at the very heart of the economic system that today upholds the present way of urbanization and global market economy. Finally, it advocates for an ethics of anticipation, beginning to act in a way that creates alternatives that might imply a greater respect of our fellow human beings, of creation, and of the presence of God.

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