(Lutheran Theological Journal; 48 (1) )
Postcolonial theory addresses issues of human identity and its representation. By comprehensively addressing these issues through the lived experiences of colonizing and colonized people, the possibilities of equitable, reconstituted, hybridized identities exist. Postcolonial theory is used to critique the theological relationships shared between colonized, indigenous and colonizing, non-indigenous members of the Lutheran Church of Australia. Indigenous Lutheran people are adversely represented as alterity through the institutional structure of the Lutheran Church of Australia. This is evidenced by various organisational procedures and individual behaviours. For this to change non-indigenous Lutherans will need to surrender their dominance over the indigenous, non-indigenous discourse and listen carefully to the voices of indigenous Lutherans. Postcolonial theology is a reliable basis for indigenous Lutheran people to effectively represent themselves, and for non-indigenous Lutheran people to be transformed into a new identity as their hearers.