A reader writes: Not a critique - a nudge in a fuller direction
A reader writes:
I'm halfway through the new book and appreciating it greatly. I've just reached chapter 12, "How the Doctrine of Creation Can Create Humankind(ness)," and read footnote 6, listing a number of global thinkers working on reading the Bible from subaltern positions. I know it's a massive body of writing, but I'd encourage you in the spirit of extending a preferential option to the poor to stretch to reading and citing feminist and womanist theologians. Womanist theologians like Emilie Townes, Katie Cannon, and Delores Williams should join James Cone; West African Mercy Amba Oduyoye has written beautifully of "cultural hermeneutics"; Kwok Pui-Lan gives a really smart and interdisciplinary read on postcolonial feminist Christianity; the Reader in Latina Feminist Theology is full of really good essays; etc.
Liberation theologies are often implicitly masculinist--the women who are writing in these veins (but not being named as frequently as their male counterparts) often take their brothers' critiques one step further by considering postcolonial / contexts in need of liberation theologies through the matrix of sex/gender as well, resulting in a more nuanced and just re-visioning of the Christian tradition and its Scriptures.
Anyway, thanks for the good work. This isn't a critique, but a nudge in a fuller direction. Reading A New Kind of Christian when I was an undergrad at Cedarville University was a life-giving experience for me and is to blame in large part (along with dear Professor Dave Mills) for my decision to pursue a PhD studying the intersections of gender, religion, and race in contemporary literature and theory. So, again, thank you.
Thanks for these names. The nudge is appreciated - both by me, and by many readers of my blog, I'm sure. I'll look forward to reading these writers - and referencing them in the future.