Forgive us our trespasses: Black Australia, peopled wilderness, eroding Islands

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At the roots of the struggles of Australia's Aboriginal people is the dis-ease with people who are strange, and matters that are different from their usual ones. There is reluctance to affirm other peoples, other sovereignties, other roots, other ways, other tongues, other scriptures; in other words, there is dis-easiness with, and fear of, otherness. Fear of the other and of otherness is like a live wire (that shocks, awakens, charges, threatens) in cross-cultural cultures. In the spirit of apology'forgive us our trespasses'this chapter circles around three subjects. I begin with the Aboriginal people in Australia, then flow to the people of the land in the Wilderness narratives in the Hebrew Bible, and out to the climate-changed islands of Oceania.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous Australia and the unfinished business of theology
Subtitle of host publicationCross-cultural engagement
EditorsJione Havea
Place of PublicationNew York, United States
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781137426673
ISBN (Print)9781137426666
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePostcolonialism and religions
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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