Week 9, Ch. 16, God at the Crossroads: A Postcolonial Reading of Sophia, Mayra Rivera (Sugirtharajah)

November 26, 2007

This chapter looks at the understanding of God embodied through the voice of Wisdom or Sophia. The hybridity of Sophia reveals the transcendence of God, and the mystery of God. Rivera describes the complexity of pinning Sophia down within a single categorical identity, reflecting the tension experienced when in pursuit of “theological certainties” about God. The image of God presented may in fact provide an image that the postmodern individual can identify with as he/she seeks to make sense of his/her own hybridized identity constructed in a fluid, transient, and globalizing culture.

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