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Reading Rainbow Spirit Theology: Learning from an Australian Aboriginal Theology

Cronshaw, Darren J. (2015) Reading Rainbow Spirit Theology: Learning from an Australian Aboriginal Theology. Mission Studies. pp. 418-441. ISSN 0168-9789

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Rainbow Spirit Theology asserts that the gospel needs to be expressed in Aboriginal terms for Aboriginal people. The Rainbow Spirit Elders articulate an indigenous theology to help revitalize Aboriginal spirituality. Their contextualization model is anthropological; Aboriginal culture is their main source for doing theology. Scripture and church tradition are secondary sources that are creatively used to illustrate their developing theology of the land, suffering and reconciliation. The Gospel is the third source, with a focus on cosmic redemption, especially for the land and the crying need for justice and reconciliation. The book affirms but does not explicitly deal with personal redemption, but other writers are further exploring salvation images for Aboriginal people and what Jesus means to them. As these streams of reflection flow together, the Rainbow Spirit Elders hope to help all of Australia develop a deeper spirituality at home in our land.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Proofs
Keywords: Contextual theology, contextualization, indigenous theology, Rainbow Spirit Theology, postcolonial theology, Australia
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
D - Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Rev Prof Darren John Cronshaw
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 06:25
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 01:32
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1992

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