Christ Is a Native American

Christ Is a Native American

by Achiel Peelman


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During his 1984 visit to Canada, Pope John Paul II declared, Christ, in the members of his body, is himself Indian. Who is this native Christ? What is his place in the spiritual universe of native people?

Achiel Peelman examines these questions in this timely and groundbreaking book, which is the result of research he has carried out since 1982 in native communities across Canada. While Peelman's book is a work of theology and Christology, it is also a work of profound friendship that will help its readers know more deeply the Amerindian experience.

'Christ Is a Native American' takes the experience of native people and puts it into a context that missionaries and clergy -- priests and bishops -- can understand. Any missionary working with native people should be reading it. This is the best book to help them get a sense of what is happening to us. It may even open them to believe us!
-- Sr. Eva Solomon, CSJ,
Tekakwitha Centre, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Under the guise of what looks like a traditional theological approach, Peelman lays bare Euro-Christianity's reluctance -- or refusal -- genuinely to listen to Native American wisdom. Building his case on careful historical and anthropological analysis, he proposes an intercultural, interreligious encounter in which Native American spirituality preserves its integrity and Christianity assumes a new cultural identity. This is a book that will both disturb and inspire.
-- Paul Knitter,
Professor of Theology,
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597525961
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2006
Pages: 254
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

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