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By Vítor Westhelle

during this very important contribution to post-colonial theological experiences, the argument is made that spiritual practices and teachings imposed on colonized peoples are transmuted within the strategy of colonization. The very theological discourse that's foisted at the colonized humans turns into for them, a releasing danger via a technique of theological transformation from inside. this can be provided as an evidence of the mechanisms that have caused the emergence of the present post-colonial cognizance. notwithstanding, what's precise and precise approximately this remedy is that it pursues those questions with uncomplicated assumptions. the 1st is that the spiritual expressions of colonized humans endure the outward marks of the hegemonic theological discourse imposed on them, yet swap its content material via a technique referred to as "transfiguration." the second one is that the crises of Western Christianity because the Reformation and the Conquest of the Americas enunciates the very strategy wherein post-colonial non secular hybridity is made possible.

This ebook unfolds in 3 components. the 1st (the "pre-text") bargains with the colonial perform of the missionary firm utilizing Latin the USA as a case research. the second one (the "text") offers the predicament of Western modernity as interpreted through insiders and outsiders of the trendy venture. The 3rd (the "con-text") analyses a few discursive post-colonial practices which are theologically grounded even if utilized in discourses that aren't religious.

Some of the questions that this undertaking engages are: Is there a post-colonial figuring out of sin and evil? How do we comprehend eschatology in post-colonial phrases? What does it suggest to be the church in a post-colonial framework? For these attracted to the intersection of theology and post-colonial reports, this ebook could be very important reading.

"This focussed and insightful ebook is an important addition to the ever-growing literature on postcolonialism and theological reviews. in addition to cogently demonstrating that the transaction among the colonizer and the colonized isn't really one-sided, an enticing characteristic is the author's try to redefine the normal Christian teachings on sin, evil, church, and eschatology from a postcolonial point of view. This booklet can be excessive at the record for somebody who desires to recognize the hot tendencies in theological discourse."
--R. S. Sugirtharajah
author of The Bible and Empire

"Vitor Westhelle is rising as one of many most well known critics of our time. during this very important quantity, he unmasks the colonial beast and brings startling readability to postcolonial events. With clean angles of imaginative and prescient, his incisive research levels over many languages, cultures, genres, and prerequisites. this can be a incredible research that would command awareness from many quarters, no longer least from theologians."
--David Rhoads
editor of From each humans and kingdom: The booklet of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective

"A ebook of large braveness and perception. Professor Vitor Westhelle provides a searing critique of contemporary colonial initiatives, lifts up subaltern voices, and provides assets in doing postcolonial theology. Exploring the philosophical foundations of what makes postcolonial theology attainable, this ebook makes an important contribution to advancing the discourse. i like to recommend this article for students and scholars and the informed public who need to know approximately state of the art pondering in modern theology."
--Kwok Pui-lan
author of Postcolonial mind's eye and Feminist Theology

Vítor Westhelle is Professor of Systematic Theology on the Lutheran tuition of Theology at Chicago. he's the writer of The Scandalous God and an across the world sought-out speaker.

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