Decolonizing God: The Bible in the Tides of Empire (The by Mark G. Brett

By Mark G. Brett

For hundreds of years, the Bible has been utilized by colonial powers to undergird their imperial designs--an ironic state of affairs whilst lots of the Bible was once conceived in terms of resistance to empires. during this considerate booklet, Mark Brett attracts upon his event of the colonial historical past in Australia to spot a notable diversity of components the place God has to be decolonized--freed from the bonds of the colonial. Writing in a context the place landmark criminal situations have governed that Indigenous (Aboriginal) rights were 'washed away through the tide of history', Brett re-examines land rights within the biblical traditions, Deuteronomy's genocidal mind's eye, and different key issues in either the Hebrew Bible and the hot testomony the place the results of colonialism will be traced. Drawing out the results for theology and ethics, this booklet presents a finished new concept for addressing the legacies of colonialism. A ground-breaking paintings of scholarship that makes a massive intervention into post-colonial reviews. This e-book confirms the relevance of post-colonial idea to biblical scholarship and offers a thrilling and unique method of biblical interpretation. invoice Ashcroft, collage of Hong Kong and college of latest South Wales; writer of The Empire Writes again: idea and perform in Post-Colonial Literatures (2002). Acutely delicate to the historic in addition to theological complexity of the Bible, Mark Brett's Decolonizing God brilliantly demonstrates the price of a severe evaluate of the Bible as a device for rethinking modern percentages. The contribution of this publication to moral and theological discourse in an international standpoint and to a politics of desire is mammoth. Tamara C. Eskenazi, Hebrew Union university, l. a.; editor of The Torah: A Women's observation (2007).

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49. Quoted in E. Said, Culture and Imperialism (London: Chatto & Windus, 1993), pp. 123–25. 50. S. Sugirtharajah, Postcolonial Reconfigurations (London: SCM Press, 2003), pp. 17–21. 24 Decolonizing God that were used to sanction imperialism, yet one would have to say that their impact on Indigenous people in the colonies were often disturbingly similar. B. 51 Mahatma Gandhi took a different view. European civilization, he suggested, was shot through with violence and materialism and therefore of little value to Hindus.

50. S. Sugirtharajah, Postcolonial Reconfigurations (London: SCM Press, 2003), pp. 17–21. 24 Decolonizing God that were used to sanction imperialism, yet one would have to say that their impact on Indigenous people in the colonies were often disturbingly similar. B. 51 Mahatma Gandhi took a different view. European civilization, he suggested, was shot through with violence and materialism and therefore of little value to Hindus. He always insisted in debates with his Christian comrades that religious conversion was problematic, since it tore the fabric of social relations.

Even the leading intellectual John Ruskin became an elegant spokesperson for the manifest ‘destiny’ of English colonial rule. In his 1870 Slade Lectures in Oxford, Ruskin delivered a Romantic hymn to the pure England that he could perceive through the smog—the ‘unholy clouds’—of her industrialized cities: And this is what she must do, or perish: she must found colonies as fast and as far as she is able…seizing every piece of fruitful waste ground she can set her foot, and there teaching these her colonists that their chief virtue is to be fidelity to their country, and that their first aim is to be to advance the power of England by land and sea: and that, though they live off a distant plot of ground, they are no more to consider themselves therefore disenfranchised from their native land, than the sailors of their fleets do…and England, in these her motionless navies (or, in the true and mightiest sense, motionless churches, ruled by pilots on the Galilean lake of all the world), is to ‘expect every man to do his duty’… But that they may be able to do this, she must make her own majesty stainless; she must give them thoughts of their home of which they can be proud.

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