Rosemary Radford Ruether: One of the urgent tasks of theology

“One of the urgent tasks of theology today has become the critique of idolatry within theology itself. “Ideology” means the way established world views reflect and legitimate social domination, making other options unimaginable. The world view of the ruling group defines the boundaries of reality and the nature of God. Theologically, this critique of ideology is the critique of idolatry. It is a recognition of the way in which our dominant theological constructs have themselves been servants and sanctions of evil, giving legitimacy and invisibility to our racism, sexism, class power and colonialism. The oneness of God  is projected onto the dominant group, thereby making the dominant sex, race, class, nation and religion the one true humanity in relation to which all others become unmentionable or subhuman. The melting pot has one mold into which all others must disappear by way of assimilation, genocide or subjugation.”

Rosemary Radford Ruether

… as relayed by Dr. Andrea C. White
(my Systematic Theology Prof)