On the Lived Theology Reading List: Reconciling All Things

Reconciling All ThingsA Christian Vision for Justice, Peace, and Healing

We live in a broken and suffering world, but how is genuine reconciliation achieved? And is it attainable apart from a biblical perspective? In Reconciling All Things, Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice argue it is not. Instead, they “cast a comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical, transformative, holistic and global.” Incorporating the Christian story and their own experiences with peacemaking at home and abroad, Katongole and Rice create a rich, biblically-grounded resource faith believers and the church can utilize in working towards Jesus-centered reconciliation in everyday life.

PLT contributor Therese Lysaught reviews:

Reconciling All Things is a faithful book, glowing with the joy and hope that come from walking with God and God’s people in the world. Inviting all to join in God’s reconciling work across the myriads of ways we live in brokenness, Katongole and Rice do a new thing–they retrieve a deeply theological vision of God’s gift of reconciliation and show what the inbreaking of this gift looks like in the real stories of people who have embarked on this journey. These stories of pain and hope make clear that the real work of reconciliation is not as much about programs, strategies or fixing all things as it is about the ordinary, mundane, daily work of living faithfully and patiently in our local, particular, face-to-face contexts. And if we do, if we enter humbly into God’s work in the world, what can happen? New creation!”

Find a longer description on the book here.

Emmanuel Katongole, a Catholic priest ordained by the Archdiocese of Kampala, has served as associate professor of theology and world Christianity at Duke University, where he was the founding co-director of the Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation. Katongole’s research interests focus on politics and violence in Africa, the theology of reconciliation, and Catholicism in the Global South. His others publications include The Sacrifice of Africa: A Political Theology for Africa (2010). 

Chris Rice is the Duke Divinity School Senior Fellow for Northeast Asia. Chris Rice has written for such magazines as Sojourners, Christianity Today and Christian Century. His other publications include Grace Matters (2003) and More Than Equals (2000), coauthored with Spencer Perkins. 

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