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  • 1. Source: http://jammer5spolyrant.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/ WHO ARE WE? WHO AM I?Theology and the Construction of Identity David T. Ngong, Ph.D.
  • 2. 1. The ArgumentThere is a complex relation betweentheology and the formation of identity Theology __________ Identity Identity ____________ Theology
  • 3. 2. What Is Theology? First Order Discourse: Faith and Practice (worship, prayer, devotions, activism) Second Order Discourse: Reflection on faith and practice Engaging First and Second
  • 4. 3. Identity Who are we? Who am I?
  • 5. 4. Theology and IdentityTheology is not neutral; it has consequencesA. Latin American Liberation Theology: Critiques eschatology of political theology Proposes preferential option for the poor
  • 6. B. Feminist and Womanist theologies Feminists challenge patriarchy, e.g., language Womanist theology critiques racism and sexism from the perspective of the African America woman
  • 7. Womanist:From womanish. (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e., frivolous,irresponsible, not serious.) . . . From the black folkexpression of mothers to female children, “You actingwomanish,” i.e., like a woman. Usually referring tooutrageous, audacious, courageous or willfulbehavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depththan is considered “good” for one. Interested in grownup doings. Acting grown up. Being grown up. . . .Responsible. In charge. Serious.Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, (1983, xi)
  • 8. C. African Theology Rejects missionary and colonial denigrations of African identity Proposes inculturation; emphasizes African religiousity against Western rationalism The Pentecostalization of African Christianity
  • 9. 5. Conclusion What kind of identity is our theology constructing? Discerning identities