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Why this there a theology for the sinner, the perpetrator, in our churches, but not a theology for the victims, the sinned against?
Much of Western Christianity has greatly toned down the narrative the of Jesus who was a Palestinian Jewish healer and liberator, who was a servant to the sick and oppressed. This oversight was due to the theological debates that were fought and won by religious leaders who were politically powerful and rhetorically savvy. The result is our contemporary “Western” version of Jesus who served to satisfy the anger of a punitive God, a great law enforcer. As a contemporary theologian and philosopher, I want to offer a viable counter-narrative, one that refocuses Jesus as the healer of the “sinned against,” the ones broken by the powerful seeking absolution for their misdeeds. Pulling from both the tradition of the Early Eastern Church and the present work of the theologians of the oppressed, Jesus of the East serves as a guidebook to deconstruct the God-language of the West and creates a transformative vision of healing for the world.
Jesus of the East blurs the lines between narrative non-fiction, memoir, and essay, and in doing so provides the reader different points of entry into the work. Each section starts with a re-narration of various events in the life of Jesus (temptation, birth, healing ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection) to show how his work as healer and liberator is through an embodied existence that was also wounded and sinned against. I also use events of my own life, particularly my recent visit to Vietnam to convey the personal impact of colonialization and violence. Lastly, I make my arguments using historical texts from the Eastern Church, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, current research, the stories of artists and activists, and Minjung theology to make my case of how healing can take place through a theological renewal of the imagination and “anticipatory communities” who live as the world should be. This is a timely work that explores the dangers of leaving the wounds of the our past untreated and how our current political and religious climate is the direct result.