A second generation of emerging Dalit theology texts is re-shaping the way we think of Indian theology and liberation theology. This book is a vital part of that conversation. Taking post-colonial criticism to its logical end of criticism of statism, Keith Hebden looks at the way the emergence of India as a nation state shapes political and religious ideas. He takes a critical look at these Gods of the modern age and asks how Christians from marginalised communities might resist the temptation to be co-opted into the statist ideologies and competition for power. Keith does this by drawing on historical trends, Christian anarchist voices, and the religious experiences of indigenous Indians. Keith Hebden's ability to bring together such different and challenging perspectives opens up radical new thinking in Dalit theology inviting the Indian Church to resist the Hindu fundamentalists labelling of the Church as foreign by embracing and celebrating the anarchic foreignness of a Dalit Christian future.
Keith is Pioneer Minister at St Mark's Mansfield and 'Seeking Justice' Adviser for the Mansfield Churches.
Keith writes and teaches on Practial / Political Theology and is involved in community organising, green liberation theology, and peacemaking. His PhD was in Indian Liberation theology and Christian anarchism. He is a member of the Anarchist Studies Network and an Anglican Priest.
In 2004 Keith married Dr Sophie Hebden and life has never been the same. They have two girls, which is plenty. Keith and Sophie work and play to their best when they do so together.