The cons of contextuality ... kontextuality

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In the interest of whom/what does one contextualize? of the context and its occupants, at the center and at the margins? of that which one seeks to home in new contexts? of the one who contextualizes? While i too hold that contextual thinking is necessary and unavoidable, and that no theological, theoretical and/or applied reflection is context-free, I ask that we also engage the cons, the tricks, the negatives, the lures, the deceptions, the traps, of contextual thinking. This chapter is an invitation to name, celebrate and wrestle with the cons in contextuality ... and shift towards what I call kontextuality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContextual theology for the twenty-first century
EditorsStephen B Bevans, Katalina Tahaafe-Williams
Place of PublicationEugene, Oregon
PublisherPickwick Publications
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic) 9781630879600
ISBN (Print)9781608999606, 9780227679982
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameMissional church, public theology, world Christianity


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