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An Introduction to Third World Theologies


Part of Introduction to Religion

John Parratt, Jose Miguez Bonino, Kirsteen Kim, Edmond Tang, Diane Stinton, Isabel Apawo Phiri, George Mulrain
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  • Date Published: June 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521793353

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  • The greatest change which has come about in Christian theology over the last generation has been the explosion of contextual theologies in different parts of the world. This book provides an overview of the main trends and contributions to Christian thought of Third World theologies. It sets out the common context of these theologies in their experience of colonialism and western missions, and suggests that they have forged new ways of doing theology which are quite distinct from the theological traditions of the western world. With key contributions from experts in their fields on Latin America, India, East Asia, West and East Africa, Southern Africa and the Caribbean, this book situates Christian thought in the cultural and socio-political contexts of their respective regions, and demonstrates how Third World theologies are providing different perspectives on what it means to be a Christian in today's global world.

    • Was the first comprehensive coverage of non-Western Christian theologies
    • Each chapter is written by a leading expert on his/her own region
    • Shows how the development of world Christian thought is related to the cultural and socio-political context
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is an excellent title for theological students and others looking for an overview of the subject … This book looks at Muslims' beliefs and practices, as they developed from their origins to the current day. It is suitable for anyone seeking more knowledge on the place of Islam in today's world conflicts.' Publishing News

    '… a fascinating window into how theology is being reshaped within a variety of Third World contexts.' Simon Topping

    '… this book will help us to get to know our neighbours. We are the minority in the twenty-first century.' Anvil

    ' … this book is an admirable introduction written by experts and would serve as an excellent basic text for courses in contextual theology.' Themelios

    '... this book will help us to get to know our neighbours. We are the minority in the twenty-first century.' Christian Doctrine and Philosophy

    'The structure of this work, from the variety of the authors to the choice of style, from the span of the material to the depth of the examples, imitates the contextual method of the represented theologies. In the process, it offers a much needed historical shift that does not hide colonial history and cautions those of us doing and teaching theology that neither our history, culture, politics, nor our theology are isolated from one another.' Studies in Religion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521793353
    • length: 200 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction John Parratt
    2. Latin America Jose Miguez Bonino
    3. India Kirsteen Kim
    4. East Asia Edmond Tang
    5. Africa, East and West Diane Stinton
    6. Southern Africa Isabel Apawo Phiri
    7. The Caribbean George Mulrain
    8. Postscript John Parratt.

  • Editor

    John Parratt, University of Birmingham
    John Parratt is Professor of Third World Theologies at the University of Birmingham. He has taught and researched widely in Africa, India, and the Pacific. His books include Papuan Belief and Ritual (1976), Reinventing Christianity, African Theology Today (1995), A Reader in African Christian Theology (1987, revised and expanded1997), A Guide to Doing Theology (1996) and The Pleasing of the Gods, Meitei Lai Haraoba (with S. Arambam Parratt, 1997).


    John Parratt, Jose Miguez Bonino, Kirsteen Kim, Edmond Tang, Diane Stinton, Isabel Apawo Phiri, George Mulrain

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