University Press of Mississippi
"In the beginning was the Word," writes John-God's revealing utterance that "was made flesh and lived among us." This incarnational character of the Word, this "living among us," has demanded of Christians in each age a reinterpretation of its original and ongoing meaning. If the protean nature of God's self-expression has seen a continuing "translation" in each age, though, it is becoming increasingly evident among church members that a similar task is also required in each ethnic milieu. The "us" among whom the Word lives is made up of many communities of discourse, and a logocentric theology like Christianity must take special interest in the self-expressive nature of the ongoing local struggles for a forum. Implicated in the colonization of much of the world and the imposition of Western languages, the Church, as a matter of justice, now finds itself examining the role of language in any people's self-definition and consequent worship of God.
Postcolonial Literature and the Biblical Call for Justice
Susan VanZanten Gallagher
Hawley, J. C. (1994). We Wretched of the Earth: The Search for a Language of Justice. In S. V. Gallagher (Ed.), Postcolonial Literature and the Biblical Call for Justice (pp. 125-135) UP of Mississippi.