This book advances that history by exploring stories, images and discourses across a worldwide range of geographical, cultural and confessional contexts. Its twelve authors not only enrich our understanding of the significance of the contextual method, but also produce a new range of original ways of doing theology in contemporary situations.

The authors discuss some prioritised thematic perspectives with an emphasis on liberating paths, and expand the ongoing discussion on the methodology of theology into new areas. Themes such as interreligious plurality, global capitalism, ecumenical liberation theology, eco-anxiety and the anthropocene, postcolonialism, gender, neo-pentecostalism, world theology, and reconciliation are examined in situated depth. Additionally, voices from Indigenous lands, Latin America, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Europe and North America enter into a dialogue on what it means to contextualise theology in an increasingly globalised and ever-changing world.

Such a comprehensive discussion of new ways of thinking about and doing contextual theology will be of great use to scholars in Theology, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies, Political Science, Gender Studies, Environmental Humanities, and Global Studies.

chapter 1|14 pages

Doing situated theology

Introductory remarks about the history, method, and diversity of contextual theology
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chapter 2|19 pages

Can contextual theology bridge the divide?

South Africa’s politics of forgiveness as an example of a contextual public theology
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chapter 3|22 pages

Contextual theology on trial?

African neo-Pentecostalism, sacred authority, gendered constructions, and violent enactions
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chapter 4|14 pages

Gender, ethnicity, and lived religion

Challenges to contextual and liberation theologies
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chapter 5|21 pages

Ecumenical liberation theology

How I experienced its arrival in Germany and Europe after 1968
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chapter 6|21 pages

Economy, greed, and liberation theology

A critique from a border location in India
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chapter 7|14 pages

The dissemination of Vikings

Postcolonial contexts and economic meltdown
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chapter 9|22 pages

“Speaking from experience”

Comparing Mahdawi and Pentecostal approaches to equipment for outreach
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chapter 12|16 pages

Contextualisation through the arts

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