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By Vítor Westhelle

during this vital contribution to post-colonial theological reviews, the argument is made that spiritual practices and teachings imposed on colonized peoples are transmuted within the technique of colonization. The very theological discourse that's foisted at the colonized humans turns into for them, a freeing danger via a means of theological transformation from inside of. this can be provided as a proof of the mechanisms that have led to the emergence of the present post-colonial recognition. even though, what's specified and designated approximately this therapy is that it pursues those questions with simple assumptions. the 1st is that the spiritual expressions of colonized humans undergo the outward marks of the hegemonic theological discourse imposed on them, yet switch its content material via a method 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 approach in which post-colonial non secular hybridity is made possible.

This booklet unfolds in 3 components. the 1st (the "pre-text") bargains with the colonial perform of the missionary company utilizing Latin the US as a case examine. the second one (the "text") provides the predicament of Western modernity as interpreted through insiders and outsiders of the trendy undertaking. 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 venture engages are: Is there a post-colonial realizing 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 drawn to the intersection of theology and post-colonial reviews, this publication may be very important reading.

"This focussed and insightful publication is an important addition to the ever-growing literature on postcolonialism and theological stories. 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 and redefine the conventional Christian teachings on sin, evil, church, and eschatology from a postcolonial viewpoint. This publication might be excessive at the record for a person who desires to understand the recent tendencies in theological discourse."
--R. S. Sugirtharajah
author of The Bible and Empire

"Vitor Westhelle is rising as one of many best critics of our time. during this vital quantity, he unmasks the colonial beast and brings startling readability to postcolonial activities. With clean angles of imaginative and prescient, his incisive research levels over many languages, cultures, genres, and prerequisites. it is a marvelous learn that may command consciousness from many quarters, now not least from theologians."
--David Rhoads
editor of From each humans and kingdom: The publication of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective

"A publication of large braveness and perception. Professor Vitor Westhelle provides a searing critique of recent colonial initiatives, lifts up subaltern voices, and gives assets in doing postcolonial theology. Exploring the philosophical foundations of what makes postcolonial theology attainable, this e-book makes an important contribution to advancing the discourse. i like to recommend this article for students and scholars and the trained 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 college of Theology at Chicago. he's the writer of The Scandalous God and an across the world sought-out speaker.

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