Postcolonial Theology


Postcolonial (sometimes decolonial) theology may concern theology now arising in geographical locations—mainly in the so-called ‘third world’—formerly colonized by western nations. Alternatively, and more often, postcolonial theology emphasizes scrutiny of any context to expose dynamics of ‘othering’ and belittling human persons and their cultures, seeking to retrieve and revalue what has been suppressed.

Postcolonial theologies are advocacy theologies, often closely allied to liberation, black and Asian, feminist, queer, and other intersectional theologies lifting up minoritized experience.

Postcolonial approaches entered theological studies via methods of biblical interpretation but have spread to Christian doctrine and various strands of practical theology.

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  • Postcolonial
  • Decolonizing
  • Othering
  • Empire
  • Subaltern
  • Hybridity
  • Intersectionality

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  • Black Theology: An International Journal.