VTS Announces New Book by Professor Robert S. Heaney
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ALEXANDRIA, Va – Virginia Theological Seminary announces the publication of Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate
(Cascade Books, 2019), written by the Rev. Robert S. Heaney Ph.D, D.Phil, director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and associate professor of Christian Mission at VTS.
“The Ireland of W. B. Yeats is placed in conversation with the worlds of Kenya, Korea, and Native American writers,” said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. “Robert Heaney has found his voice. It is a voice with depth and challenge. This will prove to be a vitally significant text in post-colonial theology.”
Hate is unveiled on our streets. Politics is polarized and the cohesion of communities is under stress and threat. Religious and theological leaders appear compromised or paralyzed. Beginning with his own particular context of formation Heaney provides both vision and practice for renewed Christian witness.
Heaney grew up in Northern Ireland where enmity paraded itself and policed the boundaries between segregated identities and aspirations. Such conflict, with deep historic roots, is inextricably linked to religion and colonization. The theologizing of colonialism, and the ongoing implications of colonialism, cannot be ignored by those who wish to understand the most intractable of human conflicts.
The Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas Ph.D., dean of the Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary and professor of theology at Union, comments: “Being a part of a faith tradition with an incarnate God and Cross at its center ought to mean something. Robert Heaney makes that meaning clear especially for an Anglican/white theological tradition that cannot escape its own colonizing theological history … [He] exposes the subjugating and repressive reality of theological colonization. In so doing, Heaney does more than lament a theological past. Rather, he challenges Christian theologians to repent of that past by taking seriously ‘a God that becomes incarnate on colonized soil in order that God’s people might know the saving message of God.’…Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate is a must read more than an intellectual exercise.”
“Throughout Post-Colonial Theology, Heaney amplifies voices that have re-grounded him,” writes Pádraig Ó Tuama, leader of the Corrymeela Community. “This important book honors the seminal work of Korean, South African, Nigerian, Kenyan, and Native American theologians. Weaving poetry throughout the text, the reader is brought on an educational journey that re-envisions the question of God into an exploration for a practice of humanity with integrity. It is a work of profound impact, both for the academic and the analyst.”
Heaney is editor and contributor to several volumes and author of several books, including From Historical to Critical Post-Colonial Theology (Pickwick Books, 2015) and The Promise of Anglicanism (SCM, forthcoming), with VTS visiting professor and Center for Anglican Communion Studies Fellow Emeritus in World Anglicanism, the Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D. Post-Colonial Theology: Finding God and Each Other Amidst the Hate can be ordered directly from the publisher or from Amazon.
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit Virginia Seminary online at www.vts.edu.