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Review of Christopher Stanley, ed., The Colonized Apostle: Paul through Postcolonial Eyes (Paul in Critical Contexts; Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011), xvi+365 pp.

February 23rd, 2012|

Given the obscurantism that often accompanies postcolonial criticism—as with other theory-dense frameworks—the mental gymnastics required to enter the discourse occasionally proves overwhelming to prospective students. In The Colonized Apostle: Paul through Postcolonial Eyes, editor Christopher Stanley has collected sixteen essays on the apostle Paul with a logical progression to form a less intimidating introduction to the topic. While it is difficult to identify any single thematic or textual strand that runs through all the essays—except perhaps ambivalence to the notion of Christianity’s “pure origins”—this diversity of topic proves conducive to the book’s appeal.

Peniel Rajkumar, Dalit Theology and Dalit Liberation: Problems, Paradigms and Possibilities. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2010.

February 7th, 2012|

The origins of Dalit Theology and Dalit Liberation: Problems, Paradigms and Possibilities lie in author Peniel Rajkumar’s “personal discontentment at Dalit theology’s failure to be effective in a practical manner” (p. 183). Here one can see the deep feeling of a young Dalit theologian and a teacher in one of the most prestigious theological colleges in India. To understand such feeling one needs to know the history of contextual or liberation theologies.

Review of Heidi Safia Mirza and Cynthia Joseph, eds. Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in New Times: Researching Educational Inequalities (London: Routledge, 2010), 142 pp.

January 27th, 2012|

The essays found within Black and Postcolonial Feminisms in New Times emerged from a seminar held in 2006 to inaugurate the Centre for Rights Equalities and Social Justice at the Institute of Education, University of London, on the theme of Black1 and postcolonial feminisms. The contributors are predominantly from the United Kingdom with others from the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Review of Jione Havea and Clive Pearson, eds. Out of Place: Doing Theology on the Crosscultural Brink (Equinox, 2011), pp. 296.

January 23rd, 2012|

In his deeply impassioned and profoundly eloquent foreword to Out of Place: Doing Theology on the Cross Cultural Brink, Anthony Reddie provides the reader with an irresistible foretaste of the literary banquet that the editors of this book have so lovingly and so astutely assembled. Literally cover to cover each one of the chapters provides unique, insightful and powerfully challenging perspectives on what it might mean to feel, to be forced, to be born, to be accidentally or indeed to be lovingly invited into being ‘out of place’.

Review of Joerg Rieger, God and the Excluded: Visions and Blind Spots in Contemporary Theology (Minneapolis, Augsburg Fortress Press, 2001), 256 pp.

January 11th, 2012|

In God and the Excluded: Visions and Blind Spots in Contemporary Theology, Joerg Rieger explores the recesses of contemporary theology in order to flesh out the peripheries and points of exclusion, alongside the significant and helpful aspects of the various epochs of contemporary theology. Rieger breaks down contemporary theology into four periods: liberal, neoorthodox, postliberal, and liberation, employing the four discourses of Lacan’s model as a guide for bringing more light upon both the visions and blind spots of contemporary theology.

Review of Patrick S. Cheng. Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology (New York: Seabury Press, 2011), pp. 162. & Susannah Cornwall. Controversies in Queer Theology (London: SCM, 2011), pp. 294.

December 31st, 2011|

In Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology Patrick Cheng has created for us all a very valuable resource for teaching. He has put together a comprehensive historical survey of the way in which queer theology has developed and through the use of the ecumenical creeds devised a method of examining the major advances in theology that have been enabled by this particular contextual theology. Those creeds that have stood for narrow and exclusive boundaries and dry traditional ways of believing have in this book come alive through being told via the lives of queer people. Dare one say these creeds are redeemed! Radical Love offers useful and provocative questions at the end of each chapter, which focus the mind of the reader and highlight the ways in which queer theology has developed its own path and challenged traditional theologies.

Review of Graham Huggan and Ian Law, ed. Racism, Postcolonialism, Europe (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2009), pp. 256.

December 7th, 2011|

The collection of essays in this volume resulted from the “Racism/Postcolonialism/Europe” conference held at the University of Leeds, in 2006. Transdisciplinary in its methods, postcolonial studies are applied to historical, sociological, and political surveys. Continental European debates on race and racism reveal the importance of postcolonial studies, critical studies on race, and black feminist studies; particularly, within East European Countries (Romania), continental cases (Spain, France, Germany), and the UK. The collection contains discussions on (1) the German debate regarding Turkey’s inclusion in the EU, (2) post-2005 English paranoia towards multiculturalism, (3) Islamophobia and the public humiliation of minorities in the Netherlands and (4) post-republicanism in France, all of which are treated with a broad outlook placing emphases on racial ideologies central to the construction of both European nation-states and Europe. Finally, this collection deals with anti-Semitism, anti-Gypsism, and racism against migrants.