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Doing Theology in the New Normal

Global Perspectives

Doing Theology in the New Normal

Global Perspectives

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334060642
Number of Pages: 384
Published: 30/07/2021
Width: 13.5 cm
Height: 21.6 cm

Responses to the recent pandemic have been driven by fear, with social distancing and locking down of communities and borders as the most effective tactics. Out of fear and strategies that separate and isolate, emerges what has been described as the "new normal" (which seems to mutate daily). Truly global in scope, with contributors from across the world, this collection revisits four old responses to crises - assure, protest, trick, amend - to explore if/how those might still be relevant and effective and/or how they might be mutated during and after a global pandemic. Together they paint a grounded, earthy, context-focused picture of what it means to do theology in the new normal.

Jione Havea

Jione Havea is a Methodist pastor from Tonga and research fellow with Trinity Methodist Theological College (Aotearoa / New Zealand) and with the Public and Contextual Theology research centre of Charles Sturt University (Australia). He is the author of numerous books, most recently Scripture and Resistance. Theology in the Age of Empire.

“A new normal is not enough, if it is still conditioned by the same old pandemics - of coloniality, the compartmentalisations of life and the asymmetries of power. As this bold collective demands, Covid does not simply heighten our grasp of these graveyards, but opens up a portal to deeper solidarity.” -- Graham Adams, Northern College, UK 

“This investigation of normalcy in the midst of a pandemic saves no energy in exposing the ugly link between disease and disparity. For Christian readers interested in learning and developing resilient approaches to faith, I recommend this book with an added warning, prepare to be uncomfortable.” -- Faafetai Aiava, Pacific Theological College, Fiji