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Intercultural Theology as a Three-Way Conversation

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Beyond the Western Dominance of Intercultural Theology

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Intercultural theology intends to engage in dialogue with theological expressions from different parts of the Global Church, but often works with western assumptions about what dialogue partners and texts are considered academically credible and what the proper focus of the academic study of such voices should be. This article argues, first, that intercultural theology can only move beyond the western dominance of its own discourse and become truly intercultural if it takes into account the theological voices that are expressed in non-academic texts, oral traditions, and practices; second, that intercultural theology can only engage in true dialogue and truly theological dialogue if it becomes a three-way conversation characterised by joint attention to God as He has revealed Himself in the canonical Scriptures as the object — or subject — that brings the conversation partners together.

Affiliations: 1: Protestant Theological UniversityGroningenThe Netherlandsb.vanden.toren@pthu.nl

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2015-06-08
2018-11-17

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