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Syncretism and Christian Tradition: Race and Revelation in the Study of Religious Mixture

Ross Kane


Studying the history of syncretism’s use indicates wider interpretative problems in religious studies and theology regarding race and revelation. It also indicates the importance of seeing “tradition” as adaptive and amalgamating rather than static. In theology and religious studies alike, discourses of syncretism are positioned within racialized perceptions which construct a center and periphery based upon white European knowledge. In Christian theology more specifically, syncretism’s use also shows ways that theologians try to protect the category of divine revelation from human interference ... More

Keywords: syncretism, tradition, mixture, Christianity, race, revelation, Rowan Williams, Jean-Marc Éla, culture, Holy Spirit

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Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197532195
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197532195.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ross Kane, author
Assistant Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture, Virginia Theological Seminary

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