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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
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
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)
C. African Theology Rejects missionary and colonial denigrations of African identity Proposes inculturation; emphasizes African religiousity against Western rationalism The Pentecostalization of African Christianity
5. Conclusion What kind of identity is our theology constructing? Discerning identities