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Beyond Witnessing

A New Way of Humanising the World

Peter Chidi Okuma

The Poor and poverty-related issues and questions are in vogue. Humanitarianism is in. Yet so many mouths are hungry and poor – even «more hunger» than never. What is responsible? Aren’t there enough theories to end poverty like that of Jeffery Sachs: The End of Poverty. How we can make it happen in our Lifetime? Or those of Dambisa Moyo and others? Are resources not really enough and those directly concerned not doing enough in «doling out» help? Are we not donating enough? This author has x-rayed the theories of poverty and world poverty in particular through the purview of Jeffery Sachs. The author discovered that we need to go beyond witnessing today in order to really make true and lasting impact on the lives of humans. As he suggests through a combination of what he calls the «Christian Metannarrative hermeneutics» and the Mother Teresa of Calcutta model: «We are called to live the love of God, not to feel the love of God. We live this love through prayer and action. Our work is the fruit of our prayer, so that if our work is not going well, we must examine our prayer life. If we neglect our work or are harsh, proud, moody, and angry, then we should examine our prayer life. We will see that something has gone wrong there.»

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Preface ............................................................................................................ 11 Chapter One .................................................................................................... 13 Introduction .................................................................................................... 13 1.1 Stating the case ................................................................................... 14 Chapter two ..................................................................................................... 17 2.1 A Way of Humanizing the World? Reviewing the popular theory of Jeffrey Sachs: a synopsis of his work: “the end of poverty – how we can make it happen in our lifetime” ...................................... 17 2.1.1 General Reading cum Information in the Book: “The End of Poverty….” ............................................................ 18 2.1.2 CHAPTER-BY-CHAPTER REVIEW OF SACHS’ BOOK .... 19 2.1.3 Chapter Eighteen – The General challenge of the book: ‘Our generation’s challenge’ ..................................................... 28 2.1.4 Critical evaluation of the book .................................................. 28 Chapter Three ................................................................................................. 31 3.1 The Semantics of Witnessing ............................................................. 31 3.2 The Paradox of Witnessing Beyond ................................................... 32 Chapter Four ................................................................................................... 37 4.1 Witnessing Beyond – the Christian Metanarrative hermeneutics as a way of humanizing the world ...................................................... 37 4.2 Christian background to witnessing beyond ...................................... 40 4.3 The historical backbone of witnessing beyond .................................. 44 Chapter Five .................................................................................................... 49 5.1 Christ as the ideal ............................................................................... 49 5.2 “Lord Teach us how to pray” (Luke 11:1 – 13): The example of the Apostles in Witnessing Beyond ................................................... 51 5.3 Prayer at the core of Witnessing Beyond ........................................... 54 10 Chapter Six ..................................................................................................... 57 6.1 The Eucharist – as the utmost prayer vis-à-vis Witnessing Beyond ............................................................................. 57 6.2 The Logic of Meaning of the Eucharist as a paradigm for Witnessing Beyond ....................................................................... 59 6.2.1 The Paradox of This Disposition ............................................... 60 6.3 The Socio – Theological dimension of the Eucharist at the service of Witnessing Beyond ...................................................... 61 Chapter Seven ................................................................................................. 67 7.1 The Challenge of Witnessing Beyond in Concrete today – the case of Organizations and Corporates ......................................... 67 7.2 Organizations and...

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