imageIVP has released this book- subtitle “Global Awakenings in Theology and Praxis” – new this month. A wide and diverse group of contributors – diverse in location and in perspective. In an interview with the editors IVP editor David Congdon asks:

“How would you characterize the ‘evangelical’ nature of this project? What positive resources do you find within evangelicalsim for pursuing a postcolonial theory and praxis?”

Daniel Hawk answers: “The vitality and growth of the evangelical movement around the globe makes the evangelical voice a particularly important contributor to emerging postcolonial conversations and movements. Speaking as one, I ask, are we willing to honor the intellectual and cultural resources that non-European evangelicals offer and engage them as co-equal partners in shaping theology and biblical interpretation? Are we open to having our identities and thinking changed by this global dialogue, or will we insist that theology and interpretation must still continue on our terms and on our turf?”

The description on the website follows:

“Colonialism involves more than just territorial domination. It also creates cultural space that silences and disenfranchises those who do not hold power. This process of subjugation continues today in various forms of neocolonialism, such as globalization. Postcolonialism arose in the latter half of the twentieth century to challenge the problem of coloniality at the level of our language and our actions (praxis). Postcolonialism seeks to disrupt forms of domination and empower the marginalized to be agents of transformation.

“In 2010, the Postcolonial Roundtable gathered at Gordon College to initiate a new conversation regarding the significance of postcolonial discourse for evangelicalism. The present volume is the fruit of that discussion. Addressing themes like nationalism, mission, Christology, catholicity and shalom, these groundbreaking essays explore new possibilities for evangelical thought, identity and practice.

I’ve become more aware of the need for this kind of contribution as I’ve seen the narrowness of perspective on the ground in Canada, even among thoughtful people. Isolation breeds closed conversations — we talk to others who are too much like us. This silo effect works against rich reflection and deep engagement. As so many have been learning, we need ‘the other.’


Why Postcolonial Conversations Matter – Brian McLaren
Reflection on Postcolonial Friendship – Brian D. McLaren
The Importance of Postcolonial Evangelical Conversations – Steve Hu
A Response to the Postcolonial Roundtable: Promises, Problems and Prospects – Gene L. Green
The Postcolonial Challenge to Evangelicals – Editors
Prospects and Problems for Evangelical Postcolonialisms – Robert S. Heaney

And then follows Part I –
Mission and Metanarrative: Origins and Articulations

And for those of us involved on the ground with first nations friends, this is a great start!

1. From Good: “The Only Good Indian Is a Dead Indian”; to Better: “Kill the Indian and Save the Man”; to Best: “Old Things Pass Away and All Things Become White!” An American Hermeneutic of Colonization
L. Daniel Hawk and Richard L. Twiss

2. North American Mission and Motive: Following the Markers
Gregory L. Cuéllar and Randy S. Woodley

3. Postcolonial Feminism, the Bible and the Native Indian Women
Jayachitra Lalitha

4. Converting a Colonialist Christ: Toward an African Postcolonial Christology
Victor Ifeanyi Ezigbo and Reggie L. Williams

Part 2 The Stories behind the Colonial Stories
Introduction to Part 2 – Kay Higuera Smith

Part 3 Revisioning Evangelical Theology
Introduction to Part 3 – Jayachitra Lalitha

Part 4 Transforming the Evangelical Legacy
Introduction to Part 4 – Kay Higuera Smith

Part 5 Closing the Circle
Introduction to Part 5: The Evolution of the Postcolonial Roundtable
Joseph F. Duggan

The page on the IVP website — HERE
See also “Take the Other to lunch” (TED)