Postcolonial Theology of Religions: Particularity and Pluralism in World Christianity

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Postcolonial Theology of Religions: Particularity and Pluralism in World Christianity


Renken, Jason, Theological Studies


Postcolonial Theology of Religions: Particularity and Pluralism in World Christianity. By Jenny Daggers. New York: Routledge, 2013. Pp. xii + 236. $39.95.

Daggers here argues that many Christian theologies of religion, including those dedicated to pluralism, remain wedded to Eurocentrism and the lingering effects of colonialism. Her purpose in writing is twofold. First, she situates the historical progression of the entanglement of European modernity and Western Christianity through evaluating Christianity's treatment of other religions, as well as Christianity's influence on the development of the field of religious studies. Second, she identifies and furthers the subsequent process of necessary disentanglement by calling on the resources of feminist and Asian theologies to construct a trinitarian "particularist model for [a] postcolonial theology of religions" (9).

D.'s instructive model is distinct from the typical paradigm of exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism as the only options for theologies of religion. She wishes to steer Christian theology away from its prior tendencies of extrapolating from the Euro-American and patriarchal contexts. By appropriating elements from the "cultural-linguistic" overlapping boundaries of George Lindbeck, the feminist hybridized identities of Jeannine Hill Fletcher, and the transformed cultural practices of Kathryn Tanner (161-71), D. …

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