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Postcolonial Theology of Religions: Particularity and Pluralism in World Christianity

June 26, 2013

The focus of this study is on mapping historical encounters between Christian theology and other religious traditions. Beginning with a critique of Christian theology of religions as a largely Western enterprise, Jenny Daggers argues that this theology is tightly enmeshed with European colonial modernity. Daggers describes the recent efforts to disentangle Eurocentrism from religious studies and analyzes the new methodologies that are emerging from the postcolonial context. In dialogue with Asian and feminist theologies, she presents a new model of theological engagement between religious traditions that is both inclusive and yet accounts for the distinctness of each traditions. Daggers refers to this theoretical method as a particularist model for theology of religions, in which she employs a Trinitarian framework for multireligious engagement.

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