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Charles Marsh, Peter Slade, and Sarah Azaransky

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190630720.001.0001

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Disfigurations of Christian Identity

Disfigurations of Christian Identity

Performing Identity as Theological Method

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Lived Theology

Willie James Jennings

Oxford University Press

In this deeply courageous and haunting analysis of the state of modern theology, Jennings traces the roots of academic theology’s scholarly disfigurations back to the imposition of, or translation of Western Christianity, to the New World. Colonialism, which is centered on the displacement of native bodies, combined with the racial categorization institutionalized in slavery, crippled Christianity’s theological imagination and created segregated theological spheres—spheres that continue, even today, to drive a wedge between ideal Christian thought and the reality of Christian practice. Jennings insists that the work of Christian reconciliation must redress the tradition of thinking of God in these two disparate spheres.

Keywords:   lived theology, theology, colonialism, slavery, racism, reconciliation

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