Cheap Reconciliation

From Allan Boesak and Curtiss DeYoung’s Radical Reconciliation: “[T]he temptation of a politically pietistic reconciliation is [that it is] a form of cheap reconciliation … it is not biblical reconciliation but indeed political accommodation that becomes a holy grail being pursued at the cost of justice, at the cost of the poor.  Like Christian quietism, it appropriates the language of reconciliation, speaks of political forgiveness, social consensus and social contracts, civility and political correctness. But devoid of justice, equity, and dignity it remains an exclusionary pact amongst the powerful, not seeking genuine transformation driven by justice and in the process becomes the embodiment of the very contradictions it accuses Christian reconciliation of obfuscating and denying.”



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