In this book, Emmanuel Lartey has given us a practical theology rooted in African culture and spirituality, a theology that invites us to participate in the counter-hegemonic postcolonializing activity of God.
Lartey offers an approach to pastoral care that is not only individually healing but, as he puts it, community-building and culture-transforming.
His in-depth exploration of the ministry of contemporary Ghanaian mystic Brother Ishmael Tetteh provides a compelling lived example of his thesis.
This is an informative and inspiring resource for all concerned with human liberation and the creation of a more just and compassionate world.
After centuries of Africaâ€s involvement with Christianity, the twenty-first-century Western theological academy struggles to capture and theorize African spirituality as a dynamic and creative force in Christian and other religious cultures of African descendants worldwide. Emmanuel Larteyâ€s Postcolonializing God changes the conversation by reconceptualizing the ritual sites and practices that constitute sacred experience across time and space in the Africana world. His intervention offers an accessible critique of unchecked colonial legacies still pervasive among far too many Christian communities in Africa and immigrant African diasporas.
Grounded in fresh readings of select biblical narratives, enslaved and contemporary African diasporic spirituality and ecclesiology, post-slavery reconciliation rituals among Africans and African diasporans and a transcultural African mysticism, Larteyâ€s vision for practical theology pushes African practitioners, priests and professors alike to complete the project of â€œpostcolonializing God.â€� By moving beyond mimicry and even improvisation toward the kind of creativity one witnesses today in the transatlantic healing ceremonies of the Joseph Project and the Ghanaian mystic Ishmael Tettehâ€s inclusively innovative Etherean Mission, Lartey maintains that Africans can build upon their exemplary spiritual heritages of synthesis and openness in religious formation and practice and thereby offer indispensible insight into human apprehension of the divine.
Rarely since James Coneâ€s Black Theology and Black Power has the world of Africana theology seen such a poignant claim about the unexpected places where Godâ€s revelation is to be found today. In 1969 Cone contended that the Black Power movement in America was one such place. Today Emmanuel Lartey reinforces Coneâ€s judgment, arguing that many of Africaâ€s established churches lag behind â€˜secularâ€ and wider indigenous spiritual movements in performing and expressing Godâ€s revelatory power and presence among all creation.