Un-thinking the West : the spirit of doing black theology of liberation in decolonial times

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dc.contributor.author Vellem, Vuyani Shadrack
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-16T05:33:46Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-16T05:33:46Z
dc.date.issued 2017-11-22
dc.description The collection entitled ‘Spirit rising: tracing movements of justice’, forms part of the ‘Faith in the City’ research project, hosted by the Centre for Contextual Ministry in the Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria. Some of the articles were papers presented at the Biennial Consultation on Urban Ministry, hosted by the Institute for Urban Ministry, in collaboration with other organizations, from 17-20 August 2016. The theme of this Consultation was ‘#We must rise: healers - dreamers – jesters’. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract It is indisputable that Black Theology of Liberation (BTL) intentionally un-thinks the West. BTL has its own independent conceptual and theoretical foundations and can hold without the West if it rejects the architecture of Western knowledge as a final norm for life. This, however, is a spiritual matter which the article argues. The historical arrest of the progression of liberative logic and its promises might be self-inflicted by rearticulating and reinterpreting liberation strong thought. At a time when neofascism, which is virtually an open display of psychological and ideological confusion, racism, classism, sensibilities of integralism and gender violence, having become rife, liberal democracy is arguably in crisis today. BTL has to move beyond rethinking and repeating its tried and tested ways of response to black pain caused by racism and colonialism. Un-thinking the West is not only cognitive but also spiritual. Umoya, the spirit of life, the article argues, to un-think the West, constitutes inter alia, the rejection of Hellenocentric concepts as a starting point of knowledge. Umoya should reject the self-serving periodisation of history centred on Europe, dualistic obfuscating secularism and willingness by black to occlude their knowledge systems. Without this, the article argues, the lethargic sleep, the mocking laughter of the West at the self-wounding black African remains a syndrome that arrests the translation of liberation knowledge from history. en_ZA
dc.description.department Dogmatics and Christian Ethics en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Vellem, V.S., 2017, ‘Unthinking the West: The spirit of doing Black Theology of Liberation in decolonial times’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 73(3), a4737. https://DOI.org/10.4102/hts.v73i3.4737. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v73i3.4737
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/66151
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2017. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Independent en_ZA
dc.subject Neofascism en_ZA
dc.subject Black theology of liberation (BTL) en_ZA
dc.subject Western knowledge en_ZA
dc.subject Liberation en_ZA
dc.title Un-thinking the West : the spirit of doing black theology of liberation in decolonial times en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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