Following Jesus in Invaded Space
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About "Following Jesus in Invaded Space"
Christianity is never just about beliefs but habits and practices-for better or worse. Theology always reflects the social location of the theologian-including her privileges and prejudices-all the time working with a particular, often undisclosed, notion of what is normal. Therefore theology is never neutral-it defends particular constructions of reality, and it promotes certain interests. Following Jesus in Invaded Space asks what-and whose-interests theology protects when it is part of a community that invaded the land of Indigenous peoples. Developing a theological method and position that self-consciously acknowledges the church's role in occupying Aboriginal land in Australia, it dares to speak of God, church, and justice in the context of past history and continuing dispossession. Hence, a Second people's theology emerges through constant and careful attention to experiences of invasion and dis-location brought into dialogue with the theological landscape or tradition of the church.
Meet the Author
Chris Budden is the Minister of the Uniting Church in the Newcastle (NSW) area. He is an Associate Researcher in the Public and Contextual Theology Strategic Research Centre at Charles Sturt University and adjunct faculty member at the United Theological College (Sydney). He has authored a number of articles in public theology.