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Post-Colonialism

"As race has played such a formative role in the imperialist study of religion, it is important to scrutinize how racial constructs have shaped the ordering of the world and the ways we portray peoples and cultures in religious studies."    - Kwok Pui-lan ; Postcolonial Politics and Theology (p. 47)


"The construction of 'religion; as a field of study is not innocent as it has been shaped by the social and political forces in Europe and the U.S. and by the cultural imaginary of empire."    - Kwok Pui-lan ; Postcolonial Politics and Theology (p. 39)


"A postcolonial and comparative political theology that recognizes unequal power dynamics opens Christian political theology to wisdom from other traditions and learns from complex interactions between religion and politics in diverse colonial and postcolonial situations."    - Kwok Pui-lan ; Postcolonial Politics and Theology (p. 32)


"Christianity should not only attend to people’s spiritual lives, but should also care for their social condition."    - Kwok Pui-lan ; Postcolonial Politics and Theology (p. 24)


In the tenth year, in the tenth month on the twelfth day, the word of the LORD came to me: “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt and prophesy against him and against all Egypt. Speak to him and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, you great monster lying among your streams. You say, ‘The Nile belongs to me; I made it for myself.’ “But I will put hooks in your jaws and make the fish of your streams stick to your scales. I will pull you out from among your streams, with all the fish sticking to your scales. I will leave you in the desert, you and all the fish of your streams. You will fall on the open field and not be gathered or picked up. I will give you as food to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the sky. Then all who live in Egypt will know that I am the LORD.”

   - Ezekiel 29:1-6 ;


"To combat Eurocentric biases, we have to reject the notion of a single, originating moment, or a singular tradition, of political theology. Instead, I propose a transnational and multicultural articulation of the origins and genealogies of political theology."    - Kwok Pui-lan ; Postcolonial Politics and Theology (p. 23)


The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: “The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.”    - Amos 4:2 ;


"I have defined postcolonial imagination as “a desire, a determination, and a process of disengagement from the whole colonial syndrome, which takes many forms and guises.”    - Kwok Pui-lan ; Postcolonial Politics and Theology (p. 10)


But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.”    - Jeremiah 16:16 ;


"I was taught theology in Hong Kong mostly by missionaries from Canada, the U.S., Germany, and Australia, and we read works by Tillich, Barth, Bonhoeffer, and the Niebuhr brothers. But it was Latin American liberation theology, particularly Gustavo Gutiérrez’s A Theology of Liberation, that captured my attention."    - Kwok Pui-lan ; Postcolonial Politics and Theology (p. 3)


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