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Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology

Posted on 5 August 2014 Gavin Glenn

Indigenous Australia has on the one hand been romanticized and patronized, and on the other hand been avoided and ignored, in colonial, contextual, and indigenous theologies. Indigenous Australia and the Unfinished Business of Theology consequently enters into (and invites ongoing) engagement with theological and cultural topics at the intersections of Indigeneity, Church, Colonization, Settlement, Mission, Apology, Reconciliation, Hermeneutics, Migration, and more. The book begins by drawing attention to the ongoing colonization of Australia, and to the rich wisdoms of Indigenous Australians which non-Indigenous people have not begun to respect, learn, and appreciate. The remaining chapters are by non-Indigenous people who critically engage with some of the impacts and blind spots of colonial, missionary, settler, and migrant cultures. Together, the multidisciplinary contributors read and engage with indigenous heritages, arts, memories, and stories, as well as the policies and practices of Australian governments and churches.

 

Jione Havea is a Senior lecturer in Biblical Studies at United Theological College.

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