“Learning to Live By a New Imagination“
A Review of
Two New Books on Reconciliation
by Emmanuel Katongole.
By Chris Smith.
Reconciling All Things:
A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing.
Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice.
Paperback: IVP Books, 2008.
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Mirror to the Church:
Resurrecting Faith after Genocide in Rwanda.
Paperback: Zondervan, 2009.
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Having never read anything by Emmanuel Katongole, Ugandan priest and professor of theology and World Christianity at Duke University, but having heard him praised numerous times by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and others, I was excited to dive into two new books that he has written. These books, Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing (co-written with Chris Rice) and Mirror to the Church: Resurrecting Faith After Genocide in Rwanda, are both deeply rooted in Katongole’s experiences in Africa and both offer the hope of reconciliation – even after the deepest and darkest of tragedies, such as the Rwandan genocide of 1994 in which 800,000 people were killed over a 100 day period.
Reconciling All Things is the introductory book in the “Resources for Reconciliation” series from IVP Books (We reviewed the second book in this series Living Gently in a Violent World by Hauerwas and Vanier in Issue #2.1 ). Chris Rice, Katongole’s co-author and co-founder of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, is known for his work as part of Voice of Calvary, an inter-racial Christian community in Mississippi that was founded by John Perkins. This book begins with both authors describing their experiences that have led them to be especially interested in the pursuit of reconciliation. In short, Reconciling All Things makes a striking case that reconciliation is at the heart of the Gospel. Katongole and Rice argue convincingly that reconciliation is the end of the scriptural story toward which all history is moving. Similarly, they depict reconciliation as a “journey with God,” an “adventure” in which we move through the transformation from the old, fallen creation to a new redeemed one. Continue Reading…