Theological and Hermeneutical Explorations from Australia

Theological and Hermeneutical Explorations from Australia : Horizons of Contextuality

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This book presents theological, cultural, ecclesial and hermeneutical explorations from a specific context-Australia-and invites reimagining of theology and hermeneutics. The horizons of contextuality explored in this book include indigeneity and sovereignty, contingencies of context, feminist theology, multiculturalism and intercultural theologies, sexual abuse and ecclesial coverups, suicide and worship, tradition(ing)s and betrayal, art and popular culture, climate effect and climate justice, disability theories, Islamic insights, migration and the images of home, and heaps of contextual matters in between. The chapters are organized into three sections: (1) Roots presents some of the starting points for contextual thinking in Australia and yonder; (2) Wounds attends to the demands of "bodies on the line" upon theological, biblical and ecclesial engagements; (3) Shifts pokes at thinkers and critics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 228 pages
  • 160 x 230 x 24mm | 526g
  • Lexington Books/Fortress Academic
  • Lanham, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified; Halftones, Black & White including Black & White Photographs
  • 1978703066
  • 9781978703063
  • 1,386,861

Table of contents

List of Figures



1Bloody (con)Texts

Jione Havea

Part 1: Roots

2.Postcolonial Colonialism and its Multiple Contexts of Solidarity

Mark G. Brett

3.A Kaleidoscopic Vessel Sailing a Kyriarchal Ocean: The Third Wave Feminist Theologies of Women-Church (1987-2007)

Anita J. Monro

4.The Reason We Do Not Hear: Theology Struggling with its Colonial Location

Chris Budden

5.Multiculturalism as Theology and Policy: The Challenges and Possibilities

John G. Flett

Part 2: Wounds

6.Grace and Disgraced: Child Sexual Abuse and the Holy Roman Catholic Australian Church

Cristina Lledo Gomez

7.When Easter Dawns and All is Not Well: A Pastoral Encounter with Disappointment

Cathryn McKinney

8.Faithfulness or Betrayal? Tradition in "Geriatric Assemblies"

Stephen Burns

Part 3: Shifts

9.Images of Jesus and Masculinity in the Work of the Artist Reg Mombassa

Rod Pattenden

10.Climate as Context

Anne Elvey

11.Reframing the Way We Read the Glorified (Veiled) Moses at Sinai and Corinth

Emmanuel Nathan

12.Who is the "Us"? Shifting the Audience for Christ's Sake

Clive Pearson

13.Reimagining Home: Migration and Identity in a Changing Climate

Seforosa Carroll



About the Contributors
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Review quote

The study of the reception of Christianity around the world is crucial to contemporary theological scholarship. The construction of Christian identity is a complex, challenging, and often contested process. As many Christians and Christian communities are discovering, the European missionaries brought more than just the Gospel when they arrived on our various shores. For this reason, books like this one help us to wrestle with what it means to be authentically Christian in our varied cultural, linguistic, and historical contexts. As an African Christian theologian, it was an immeasurable joy to learn from colleagues and friends who are wrestling with issues of theological identity, hermeneutics, and the decolonization of the Christian archive in the Australian context. Thank you to each of the authors for offering such a rich, challenging, and insightful set of contributions on the ongoing debates related to authentically Australian Christian theologies. Your critical scholarship helps us to move forward in understanding our uniqueness, and commonality, in relation to the Christian faith.--Dion Forster, University of Stellenbosch
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About Jione Havea

Jione Havea is Methodist pastor and research fellow with Trinity Theological College and the Public and Contextual Theology research centre of Charles Sturt University.
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