The anthology “500 Years of Christianity and the Global Filipino/a: Postcolonial Perspectives,” edited by Cristina Lledo Gomez, Agnes M. Brazal, and Ma. Marilou S. Ibita, is now published.
Authors include Ferdinand Anno, Vivienne Angeles, Pablo Virgilio S. David, Maricel Ibita, Jamina Vesta Jugo, S. Lily Mendoza, Danny Pilario, Ma. Florina Orillos-Juan, James Perkinson, Eleuterio Revollido, Antonio Sison, Peter-Ben Smit, Leny Strobel, and Revelation Velunta.
"I consider it one of the most important books on Christianity in the Philippines to have been published in the last half-century,” says Dale T. Irvin, Professor of World Christianity, New School of Biblical Theology, Co-Editor, Journal of World Christianity.
The authors encourage various libraries to order the book.
In 2021, Christianity in the Philippines celebrated its 500th anniversary. Moreover, eight million Filipinos (Filipinos) identify as Christians worldwide, and over 90% of them are citizens of the Philippines, making them a powerful force altering Christianity globally.
The fifth centennial demanded commemoration, introspection, and analysis. This book examines Christianity in the Philippines through a postcolonial theological lens that emphasizes the desire to get beyond the colonial in all its contemporary incarnations. It represents the voices of theologians in the Philippines, the US, Australia, and throughout the world.
The first section, "Rethinking the Encounters," focuses on setting the scene for the introduction of Christianity to the archipelago and its impact on the local populace.
The second section, "Reappropriation, Resistance, and Decolonization," addresses how colonialism is still present in Filipino religious traditions. It also honours the innovative and critical reimagining of Christianity.
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