TITLE: The Postcolonial Church: Bible, Theology and Mission
EDITORS: R.S. Wafula, Esther Mombo, and Joseph Wandera
PUBLISHED: July 2016
ABSTRACT: The Postcolonial Church: Bible, Theology and Mission is an interdisciplinary project that uses a postcolonial reading lens to critique coloniality and misuse of power in the Kenyan Church as well as society. The authors discuss how power can be misused, causing untold violence against innocent victims. In the spirit of activism and social justice, the book calls for ending of violence against the so called Other in all its forms—including but not limited to political violence, religious violence, gender violence, and economic violence. Consequently, this book can be a resource for church leaders and social justice activists. It is also useful to scholars and students in the fields of Bible and Theology, political science, gender studies, racial/ethnic conflict management, and peace studies, among others.
I. Biblical Narratives
- Yahweh as Samuel’s Weapon: A Postcolonial Reading of the Samuel-Saul Relationship
R.S. Wafula, PhD. Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion, Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, USA
- Danger and Threat to Life in the Book of Esther: The Flipside of a Success Story (Esther 2:5-11)
Mary Tororeiy, PhD. Diocesan priest at the Anglican Diocese of Eldoret, Kenya
- Impunity and Exousia in Mark 1:21–28: Postcolonial Choices and Consequences for Kenyan Readers
Julius Kithinji, PhD. Lecturer, St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya
- Paul’s Mimicry of the Empire: Galatians
Andrew Kinoti Lairenge, PhD Candidate. McGill University, Canada
II. Postcolonial Theologies
- Afro-Pentecostalism as the Dominant Ecclesiastical Paradigm in the Twenty-First Century: The Kenyan Experience
Julius Gathogo, PhD. Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Kenyatta University, Kenya
- What is Contextual Hermeneutics? Justin S. Ukpong and Beyond
III. Colonial History and Mission
- The Indian Reformed Church in Africa: A Historical Appraisal
Simi Malhotra, PhD. Professor of English at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
- God Incarnate Is Neither Colonizer nor Colonized: A Theological Framework for Postcolonial International Development Work
M. Christie McManus, MBA (finance). Deacon in the Episcopal Church of the U.S.A., President of Midwives on Missions of Service (MOMS)
- Converting Muslims in East Africa by Church Missionary Society 1500 – 1914
Joseph Wandera, PhD. Senior Lecturer, St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya
- Jesus, A Man Above All Other Men: Kenyan Women Questioning Traditional Masculinities
Esther Mombo and Heleen Joziasse, PhD. Professor, St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya and PhD Candidate Utrecht University, Netherlands, respectively
R.S. Wafula is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, USA. He is the author of Biblical Representations of Moab: A Kenyan Postcolonial Reading (2014), “I am what You are Not: A Critical Postcolonial Reading of the Africa Bible Commentary’s Abraham-Lot Stories in Genesis” that was published in Postcolonial Perspectives in African Biblical Interpretations, and “Power and Conflict Management: The Joban-God Talk” published in Narrative and Conflict: Explorations in Theory and Practice. Wafula obtained his PhD in Hebrew Bible at Drew University.
Esther Mombo is the former Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics) of St. Paul’s United Theological College in Limuru, Kenya, where she teaches church history and theologies from women’s perspectives, and interfaith courses. Mombo is also a member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians and writes on women’s issues, evangelism, HIV/AIDS, Christian-Muslim relations, and poverty in Africa. Mombo earned her B.D. from St. Paul’s United Theological College, M.Phil. from Trinity College Dublin, and Ph.D. at Edinburgh University. She co-edited Disability, Society and Theology: Voices from Africa (2012).
Joseph Wandera is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of theology, St Paul’s University, Kenya. He completed his PhD at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Wandera is a co-founder of the Centre for Christian-Muslim Relations in Eastleigh (CCMRE) together with the Rev. Willem Jansen. He has written many journal articles, as well as co-edited Constitutional Review in Kenya and Kadhi’s Courts and Christian-Muslim Co-exisitence in Eastern Africa.