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Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony: Salvation, Society and Subversion (Hardback)
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Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony: Salvation, Society and Subversion (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 30/06/2011
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This is a progressive Christian approach to soteriology and missiology in a global, postcolonial context. Much of the history of mission has been interlaced with imperial structures. Often the colonial and economic impulses of the colonial powers overshadow some of the counter-imperial tendencies of biblical texts and ecclesial communities. Evangelical missionary theologies have led to cultural genocide. These missionary practices have been heavily critiqued in the last few decades. Christian progressives have been in the forefront of the critique of mission, but have often responded in ways that reject the of mission of the word, instead highlighting a mission focused on developmental concerns that obscures the Christian content but continues to push Western capitalist structures into 'developing' postcolonial societies. Instead, this book proposes an integration of gospel and culture. It aims to steer a third course towards an integration of the knowledge and treasures, the losses and laments of Christianities forged in colonizing and colonized societies. Proposing that these Christianities are more alike than different, and in need of each other for reconciliation of communities facing the ecological and economic collapse at the limits of what the planet can carry.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780567116192
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 635 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This book makes a significant contribution to a disparate but slowly coalescing 'field'. What are we to make of 'mission' in a thoroughly postcolonial world, particularly when 'the colonies' are talking back? Marion Grau's contribution is significant in that it refuses to turn away from the 'mission' terrain, as many progressive scholars have, thereby surrendering the field to conservative voices. Instead she identifies the mutiplicity of borders and boundaries that constitute the postcolony and then explores what it means to 'do theology', progressively, across this disputed territory.
Journal of Postcolonial Networks
Not enough contemporary constructive theology takes seriously the post-colonial situation. Grau has given us a text of great significance not only for its depth of analysis of that situation, but also for its breathtaking conceptual range. Here we have one of the strongest arguments to date for a theological cosmopolitianism grounded in abiding soteriological concerns. Her reading of early church and medieval contexts in relation to nineteenth century church dynamics on crucial colonial sites as well as her engagement with contemporary theological and other disciplinary voices is creative and insightful. If Christian theology must now begin to take seriously its own colonial history and its colonial sites for grasping the full range of its identity, then Marion Grau has given us an inviting theological map with which to find our way.
Religious Studies Review

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