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From Willie Jennings’ The Christian Imagination: “As Christianity developed both in the old world of Europe and in the new worlds of the Americas, Asia, and Africa, it was no longer able to feel this tragic imbalance. Indeed, it is as though Christianity, wherever it went in the modern colonies, inverted its sense of hospitality. It claimed to be the host, the owner of the spaces it entered, and demanded native peoples enter its cultural logics, its ways of being in the world, and its conceptualities. Thus the persistent preoccupations of the modern theological academy with various enlightenment problems bound up in such matters as answering the intellectual threat of atheism, reasserting the importance of orthodoxy, engaging in new forms of the conservative-liberal debate, determining how one should read sacred texts, or the obsessive labeling and positioning of theological trends (for example, Barthian, ressourcement, liberationist, postliberal, radical orthodoxy, feminist, womanist, postcolonial) not only display the continuing encasement in racial logics and agency, but also reflect the deep pedagogical sensory deprivation of this horrific imbalance. Western Christian intellectuals still imagine the world from the commanding heights.”

Roger

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