A second generation of emerging Dalit theology texts is re-shaping the way we think of Indian theology and liberation theology. This book is a vital part of that conversation. Taking post-colonial criticism to its logical end of criticism of statism, Keith Hebden looks at the way the emergence of India as a nation state shapes political and religious ideas. He takes a critical look at these Gods of the modern age and asks how Christians from marginalised communities might resist the temptation to be co-opted into the statist ideologies and competition for power. He does this by drawing on historical trends, Christian anarchist voices, and the religious experiences of indigeus Indians. Hebden's ability to bring together such different and challenging perspectives opens up radical new thinking in Dalit theology, inviting the Indian Church to resist the Hindu fundamentalists labelling of the Church as foreign by embracing and celebrating the anarchic foreignness of a Dalit Christian future.
Keith Hebden is an assistant curate at Saint Katharine's Anglican Church in Matson, Gloucester. Gloucester Diocese is twinned with two partner dioceses in India. Previously studying and co-tutoring at Queen's Foundation Birmingham, Keith completed his PhD in Dalit theology in January 2008 at Birmingham University. Keith has spent over a decade travelling to India to conduct field research and to work with churches and NGOs in Karnataka Central and Gujarat. In 2006 Keith launched the Christianity and anarchism conference in Leeds with the help of a local church and the international web group Jesus Radicals. This conference has proved popular over two years with a growing network of around 200 people plus an unknown quantity of people indirectly influenced. In 2008 he re-launched and now edits the free magazine 'A Pinch of Salt: Christianity and anarchism in dialogue and is involved in ongoing dialogue with both the Christian activist community and other anarchist groups. Keith is also a member of Academics and Students Interested in Religious Anarchism a sub-committee of the Anarchist Studies Network and has submitted a paper on Dalit theology and anarchism at their first academic conference at Loughborough University.
Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Routledge New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies
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Ashgate Publishing Limited
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Revd Jeff Astley,Professor James A. Beckford,Mr. Richard Brummer,Professor Vincent Brummer,Professor Paul S. Fiddes,Professor T. J. Gorringe,Mr. Stanley J. Grenz,Mr. Richard Hutch,Dr. David Jasper