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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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Other Books by Peter Chidi Okuma published by Peter Lang Academic Pub- lishers: 1. Towards an African Theology. The Igbo Context in Nigeria, Peter Lang Pub- lishers, Bruxelles, Frankfurt, Bern, New York, Oxford, 2002. 2. OMUMU – THE IGBO LIFE-VALUE: A CHALLENGE TO HUMAN LIFE ISSUE TODAY (with Particular Focus on Humanae Vitae In light of Famil- ial value study) – An Analytical-Practical Approach, Peter Lang Publishers, Frankfurt am Main, New York, 2008. 3. EMPOWERMENT OF THE CATHOLIC LAITY IN THE NIGERIAN POLITICAL SITUATION. A Hermeneutical Reading of Apostolicam Actu- ositatem (the decree on the Apostolate of the Laity of Vatican II and it’s appli- cation to concrete situation, Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Frankfurt am Main, New York, 2008. 4. THE VATICAN II: THE LAITY AND TODAY’S CHALLENGES, Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Frankfurt am Main, New York, 2011.

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