Spirit Outside the Gate: Decolonial Pneumatologies of the American Global South

Spirit Outside the Gate: Decolonial Pneumatologies of the American Global South

by Oscar García-Johnson

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  • considers pneumatological insights into de/postcolonial studies
  • traces independent epistemic contributions of the American Global South
  • shows how American indigenous, Afro-Latinx, and immigrant communities provide resources for a decolonial pneumatology
  • describes four transformations the American church must undergo to break free from colonial, modernist, and monocultural structures

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780830872541
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Series: Missiological Engagements
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 328
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Oscar García-Johnson is associate professor of theology and Latino/a studies and assistant provost for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community at Fuller Theological Seminary. An ordained Baptist minister, he has also served as a regional minister with the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles, and his books include Conversaciones Teológicas del Sur Global Americano, coedited;Theology Without Borders, coauthored with William Dyrness; and The Mestizo/a Community of the Spirit.

Table of Contents

Part I: The Narrative: The American Global South: Challenges and Visions

Part II: The Gate: The Geopolitics of Western Theology and Mission

Part III: Outside the Gate: In Search of Ungating Christian Logics in the American Global South

Part IV: Theology Otherwise: Decolonial Pneumatologies in the American Global South

Part V: Crossings: Perspectives on Theology, Whiteness, and Global Designs

What People are Saying About This

Kay Higuera Smith

"Oscar García-Johnson shows us that theology can never be—and should never be—attempted without a self-reflective analysis of the theologian's own social-cultural context and even of epistemology itself. What is it about the logic and the knowledge production that we have inherited that has produced coloniality? How do we think differently to avoid the violence and trauma that has followed it? García-Johnson offers us a way to construct a new knowledge, a new logic, and hence a new way of approaching theological meaning that is life giving and hopeful. In the end, theology is always political. But the new polis that García-Johnson envisions, based not on Babel but on Pentecost, imagines a politics otherwise for the church. This is a necessary and timely vision."

Kirsteen Kim

"García-Johnson's text is richly embroidered with images, voices, and stories from the Americas that suggest that pneumatology is an indigenous mode of theologizing through which a decolonial Christian theology can emerge. I warmly commend this volume for its theological insight from below. It comes from a world in which it is far from clear that everything happens for a purpose, and the boundaries and categories imposed from above are experienced as arbitrary and unjust. In such a context, the Spirit is seen to be present and active 'outside the gate,' at the margins. Those at the margins see what is out of view from those at the center and challenge the borders of our theological systems."

Santiago Slabodsky

"Spirit Outside the Gate is an excellent interrogation of the geopolitical dead-ends of theological inquiry, employing the most cutting-edge resources from decolonial thought. With his long-standing engagement among evangelical racialized communities, Oscar García-Johnson successfully excavates histories that have been made invisible, epistemologies that have been veiled, and struggles that have been eclipsed, in order to offer alternative paths for a just future. This book is a necessary contribution and a must-read for people interested in decolonial theologies; religion in the Americas; evangelical minoritized communities; and religion, race, and politics."

Robert Chao Romero

"García-Johnson provides a long-overdue theological and theoretical bridge between theology, ethnic studies, and postcolonial studies. He dignifies the indigenous and African descent peoples and cultures of the Americas and compellingly argues that the Spirit of God is presently healing the colonial wound of Latin America through the religious imaginaries and practices of native communities."

Peter Casarella

"The Euro-American theology of the Spirit has become far too complacent. Theologians think that a quick nod to the iniquities of the conquest will liberate them to brandish their current epistemologies without interrogating the marriage of postcolonial reason and conquering spirit they are designed to conceal. Oscar García-Johnson takes contemporary theologians outside the gate to the place where the Spirit resurrected Jesus. It is a journey beyond the tightly guarded gate of Occidental belief, US hegemony and the caudillo, and even concepts of time and history that have been blind to the cosmovision of the indigenous. As a Roman Catholic I find much to applaud in this decolonial theology of the Spirit proposed by my Baptecostal hermano. He asks questions about the 'white Western' university and the reproductive power of whiteness that few Latinx thinkers have dared to raise. If you follow him to the peripheries and through the gate to a new Pentecost, you will be joining a throng of decolonial disciples, undocumented border crossers, and abuelitas on fire with the Spirit. You may not agree with all of his conclusions, but you will definitely be provoked by a polyphonous crowd of witnesses to the Spirit like no other one that you have ever experienced."

Elizabeth Conde-Frazier

"A theological book that takes us on a journey as critical thinkers. He brings the Holy Spirit into his theology as the decolonial healer of the church. With his personal narrative included, Oscar García-Johnson helps the reader to wrestle with an understanding of the Christian church as a people of God in a global context. He helps us imagine paradigms that open the way for us to do our own theological critical thinking rather than forcing us through only one pathway for consideration. This is his best writing yet. Each chapter makes me hungry for the next in my own struggle for a clearer way of thinking beyond the usual theological categories. One reads with hope for the possibilities he helps us to imagine."

Jacqueline M. Hidalgo

"García-Johnson's Spirit Outside the Gate practices 'epistemic healing' because it provides a challenging, interdisciplinary bridge between Christian theology/pneumatology and Latin(o/a) American decolonial thought. This is an essential text for thinking theologically beyond the gates of the Occident."

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