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Sugi on Narrative Crticism

Recent trends on both the progressive and conservative side of Christian theology have pointed toward a tendency to time and again claim that Scripture is a grand story, and that should only be identified as such.  This claim tends be invoked uncritically with a Western gaze, and while I do not deny that much of the Christian canon has narrative elements in it, there are also laws, regulations, as well as real, historical persons who do not think and act like us.  The other day I came across a quote from R. S. Sugitharajah, a scholar of biblical studies who has retired in the U.K. in hisPostcolonial Reconfigurations: An Alternative Way of Reading the Bible and Doing Theology. From the essay, “Marketing the Testaments: Canongate and Their Pocket-sized Bibles”

“Is a literary approach really an important hermeneutical device or has it become a counterpart of the heritage industry,  an escapist activity which replaces an historical and praxilogical engagement with nostalgia? It may serve as a stimulus not for critical engagement but for luring readers into dreaming for a long lost imaginary idyllic past.”

Just Recieved- Postcolonial Reconfigurations by R.S. Sugitharajah

Over the weekend, I was in Houston for a wedding when my friend Adam called me and asked me if I was interested in receiving a copy of Postcolonial Reconfigurations by R.S. Sugitharajah and I happily obliged. I cannot wait to get some free time to start reading these essays.