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Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony Salvation, Society and Subversion

by Marion Grau

Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony Salvation, Society and Subversion Synopsis

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.

Rethinking Mission in the Postcolony Salvation, Society and Subversion Press Reviews

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780567280886
Publication date: 30th June 2011
Author: Marion Grau
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Christian theology,

About Marion Grau

Marion Grau is the Adjunct Professor of Theology at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, a member of the Graduate Theological Union. She is the co-editor with Rosemary Radford Ruerther of Interpreting Post-Modernity: Responses to Radical Orthodoxy. Her essays have appeared in Strike Terror No More: Theology, Ethics, and the New War, Postcolonialism and Theology, and Crosscurrents.

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