By Vítor Westhelle

during this very important contribution to post-colonial theological reports, 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 chance via a technique of theological transformation from inside. this is often provided as a proof of the mechanisms that have led to the emergence of the present post-colonial cognizance. notwithstanding, what's detailed and particular approximately this therapy is that it pursues those questions with simple 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 approach known as "transfiguration." the second one is that the crises of Western Christianity because the Reformation and the Conquest of the Americas enunciates the very method in which post-colonial spiritual hybridity is made possible.

This publication 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 trouble of Western modernity as interpreted by means of 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 knowing of sin and evil? How will 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 stories, this publication might be vital reading.

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

"Vitor Westhelle is rising as one of many most popular 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. this can be a magnificent learn that may command realization from many quarters, no longer least from theologians."
--David Rhoads
editor of From each humans and country: The publication of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective

"A ebook of large braveness and perception. Professor Vitor Westhelle offers a searing critique of contemporary colonial tasks, lifts up subaltern voices, and gives assets in doing postcolonial theology. Exploring the philosophical foundations of what makes postcolonial theology attainable, this publication 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 considering 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 the world over sought-out speaker.

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