Black Christianity in Britain and the Quest for Catholicity by means of an Anti- Racist Model Christian Formation

RGTRP, Adam Room, Grove House

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Speaker: Prof. Anthony Reddie (Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford)
Time: 11.30 am - 12.45 pm

This paper addresses one of the fundamental challenges inherent within Christianity, namely, the relationship between the universal claims of catholicity of the faith and the contextuality and particularity of specific churches and their attendant believers in particular space and time. It argues that the former is often achieved via the patrician, top-down, epistemological frameworks of colonialism, often effected from metropolitan centres like London, Paris, Edinburgh, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon et.al. The place and work of Jesus Christ is often the central theological framework for effecting catholocity. This work proposes an alternate way of construing catholicity by emphasising the potency of contextuality and particularity as alternative frames of reference in a postcolonial critique of the hegemonic tendencies of the former. The final part of the paper explores the modalities for a radical anti-racist ethic for Christian formation in our Postcolonial religio-cultural milieu of Brexit Britain.

Professor Anthony G. Reddie is an Extraordinary Professor of Theological Ethics and a Research Fellow at the University of South Africa, and a is Fellow of Wesley House, in Cambridge. He is the forthcoming Director of the Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture and a Fellow of Regent’s Park College, in the University of Oxford. He has a BA in History and a Ph.D. in Education (with theology) both degrees conferred by the University of Birmingham. He has written over 70 essays and articles on Christian Education and Black Theology. He is the author and editor of 18 books. His latest book is entitled Theologizing Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique (Routledge, 2019). This book is the first intercultural and postcolonial theological exploration of the Brexit phenomenon. His previous book was Journeying to Justice (Paternoster Press, 2017) (co-edited with Wale Hudson Roberts and Gale Richards). He is also a trustee of the ‘British and Irish Association for Practical Theology’.

We are very grateful to The Susanna Wesley Foundation for sponsoring a series in the 2019/20 programme on the theme of 'formation'. 

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