MisReading America: Scriptures and Difference by Vincent L. Wimbush, Melissa Renee Reid

By Vincent L. Wimbush, Melissa Renee Reid

MisReading the US presents unique learn on and dialog approximately studying formations in American groups of colour, utilizing the phenomenon of the analyzing of scriptures--''scripturalizing''--as an analytical wedge. Scriptures listed here are understood as shorthand for advanced social phenomena, practices, and dynamics. The authors absorb scripturalizing as a window onto the self-understandings, politics, practices, and orientations of marginalized groups. those groups have in universal the context that's the usa, with the demanding situations it holds for all concerning: strain to comply to conventional-canonical kinds of communique, illustration, and embodiment (mimicry); possibilities to talk again to and confront and overturn conventionality (interruptions); and the necessity to event ongoing significant and intricate relationships (reorientation) to the centering politics, practices, and myths that outline ''America.''

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This impulse actually coincides with the concerns among Native evangelicals themselves, who are also calling for decolonized methodologies and pedagogies. For instance, at the 2004 North American Institute for Indigenous Theological Studies (NAIITS) conference, Tite Tiénou was a featured speaker who contended that while the church is becoming less Western, the theological and intellectual production of the church is still centered in the West. I contend that Christian theology and scholarship will remain “provincial” as long as some major challenges continue unaddressed [such as] the perception of indigenous Christian scholars as “purveyors of exotic raw intellectual 28 | MisReading America material” .

So when people say we shouldn’t mix these things, it’s a conversation that has been going on for a long time. Especially in the dominant culture here, we tend to think it’s just “the church,” but it’s seeped with American culture, or perhaps Canadian culture, but we don’t see that though because we’re so used to being part of the dominant society. We always take it for granted. . And for me personally, as a Native person, I have felt like I really became a Christian in the eyes of God when I started embracing who I was as a Native person.

But yet my love and yet my hate shall civilize this land, This land’s salvation. Notes 1. See his A Map of Misreading and Anxiety of Influence. 2. Found in Andrews, Oxford Frederick Douglass Reader. 3. , 37–38. 4. Arnheim, Power of the Center, 13. 5. , 109. 6. Eliade, Images and Symbols, 39. 7. Eisenstadt, Roniger, and Seligman, Centre-Formation, 19. 8. , Centre Formation, 171–72. 9. Furstenberg, In the Name of the Father, 10–11, 14, 16–17, 19–20, 220. That such a phenomenon is not unique to the United States, and should be understood in terms of a comparative history of religions and culture is reflected in several works, including the work of Buddhism scholar Alan Cole.

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