Embracing Hopelessness: A Latinx Ethics Perspective
The lecture will explore a Latinx-based response to unending injustices by embracing the reality of hopelessness. It rejects the pontifications of some salvation history that move the faithful toward an eschatological promise that, when looking back at history, makes sense of all Christian-led brutalities, mayhem, and carnage. The presentation will argue hope, as an illusion, is responsible for maintaining oppressive structures. The book concludes with a praxis which "screws" with dominant political/economic structures. When all is hopeless, when neoliberalism has won, when there exists no chance of establishing justice, the only choice left for the oppressed is to “screw” with the structure, literally turning over the bankers’ tables at the temple. By upsetting the norm, an opportunity might arise that can lead us to a more just situation, although such acts of defiance usually lead to crucifixion. Hopelessness is what leads to radical liberative praxis.
The lecture is given by Miguel De la Torre, a theology scholar-activist with over 30 books published on social and Christian ethics as well as Latinx studies.
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Cafeteria lunch provided for this event. Please go through the cafeteria line downstairs and bring your food up to HUB ABC for the lecture.