Gender Justice in Pluralistic Societies: Challenges for Theological Education


  • Verena Grüter


This article discusses the Busan motto “God of Life, Lead Us to Justice and Peace” from the perspective of an intercultural and inter-religious approach in feminist theology, which is informed by post-colonial feminism. It argues the case of this approach as a theological core competence in religious and cultural pluralistic societies. According to the theory of secularization, women's lack of freedom is primarily the result of patriarchal religious prescriptions and thus liberation will only come through overcoming religion. However, the recent religious pluralism in formerly secular societies necessitates a radical revision of this assumption. Feminist theology in religiously and culturally pluralistic societies must not only engage in an intercultural hermeneutics, but must dialogue with non-religious feminists in order to practise the indispensable criticism of religion.