Among the many factors that separate churches in the West from those of the global South, there may be no greater difference than their respective attitudes toward supernatural “powers and principalities.” In this follow-up to her book For Freedom or Bondage? African theologian Esther Acolatse bridges the enormous hermeneutical gap not only between the West and global Christianity but also between the West and its own biblical-theological heritage.
Acolatse’s theologically informed approach takes Scripture seriously and welcomes all interpretive locations to the table. Although she remains unfailingly gracious, it seems clear that the traditional modern Western approach to the Spirit and spirits has remained blind to its own biases. Acolatse exposes our more impoverished approach and opens us to the wealth of global perspectives more consistent even with our own biblical and theological heritage.
—Craig S. Keener, Asbury Theological Seminary
If Christianity’s center of gravity has shifted decidedly to the global South, then Esther Acolatse is at the vanguard of the surging and irresistible theological wave swelling up from out of those tectonics. In this book her majority-world sensibilities critically retrieve and creatively reappropriate the theological tradition, constructively engaging in cross-cultural dialogue the most prominent pneumatologically relevant programs from Bultmann and Wink to Barth and Levison, among others, to fuel dialogue and debate about life in a spirit-filled late-modern cosmos.
—Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary
In this groundbreaking book by one of our leading global pastoral theologians, Esther Acolatse offers insight into the continuing significance of the biblically configured spiritual world for understanding the social, political, and economic worlds of African peoples and the forms of pastoral invention and care that would support thriving life. There are few scholars with her grasp of African and African diaspora life and fewer texts that match this theological brilliance.
—Willie James Jennings, Yale Divinity School
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Esther E. Acolatse is associate professor of pastoral theology and intercultural studies at Knox College, University of Toronto. She previously taught at Duke Divinity School; her other books include For Freedom or Bondage? A Critique of African Pastoral Practices.