Theology After Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection

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Theology After Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection

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Tim Hartman s Theology after Colonization uses a comparative approach to examine two theologians, one from Europe and one from Africa, to gain insight into our contemporary theological situation. Hartman examines how the loss of cultural hegemony through rising pluralism and secularization has undermined the interconnection of the Christian faith with political power and how globalization undermined the expansive (and expanding) mindset of colonialization. Hartman engages Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth (1886-1968), whose work responded to the challenges of Christendom and the increasing secularization of Europe by articulating an early post-Christendom theology based on God s self-revelation in Jesus Christ, not on official institutional structures (including the church) or societal consensus. In a similar way, Ghanaian theologian Kwame Bediako (1945-2008) offered a post-colonial theology. He wrote from the perspective of the global South while the Christian faith was growing