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About the Author
La Dra. Nancy Elizabeth Bedford nació en Argentina y recibió su formación teológica en Estados Unidos y Alemania. Actualmente es profesora de teología en Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary en Evanston, Illinois. Anteriormente fue profesora de teología sistemática en el Instituto Universitario ISEDET y de teología dogmática en el Seminario Internacional Teológico Bautista, ambos de Buenos Aires. Entre sus libros se encuentran La porfía de la resurrección. Ensayos desde el feminismo teológico latinamericano y Who was Jesus and what does it mean to follow him? Asimismo ha escrito más de 90 artículos y capítulos de libros enfocándose en la rearticulación de doctrinas teológicas clásicas tales como la cristología y la antropología teológica desde la perspectiva de la razón crítica, artística y poética. Pertenece a una congregación menonita.
Dr. Nancy Elizabeth Bedford was born in Argentina and received her theological education in the United States and Germany. She is currently Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Previously, she taught systematic theology at Instituto Universitario ISEDET and dogmatic theology at the International Baptist Theological Seminary, both in Buenos Aires. Among her books are La porfía de la resurrección and Who was Jesus and what does it mean to follow him? She has also written more than 90 essays and book chapters focusing on the rearticulation of classical theological loci -such as christology and theological anthropology- from the perspective of critical, artistic, and poetic reason. She belongs to a Mennonite congregation.
"Henderson-Espinoza reminds us that radical social change requires truth drawn from the depths of both theology and the stories of everyday life. Activist Theology is a challenge to us all that invites us to reveal our own stories, deeply engage our collective wisdom, and, above all, do more than talk of revolution and actually participate in its happening." --Jennifer Knapp, singer/songwriter; founder Inside Out Faith; author of Facing the Music
"In a world beset by interlocking supremacies -- including white, Christian, rich, straight, cisgendered, and wealthy -- Robyn Henderson-Espinoza announces a theology that lives out loud in the streets and expresses itself in day-to-day life, bridging radical difference not with mere tolerance or inclusion but with revolutionary love. Appropriately, the book climaxes in poetry by Ree Belle, because prose alone cannot adequately convey this urgent invitation to join in the 'palpitation' of the world for justice, joy, and peace." --Brian D. McLaren, author/speaker/activist
"Robyn Henderson-Espinoza embodies a theology that has transgressed the restricted boundaries of the academy, church, and the movement. Activist Theology is written for those who know deep in their gut that theology must be reborn, and that in its afterlife it must take seriously the impact of its lived ethics in the way of Jesus. It reminds us that faith without works is dead." --Drew G. I. Hart, Messiah College; author of Trouble I've Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism
Activist Theology is the book I desperately wish I had been able to read ten years ago. As an academic, Henderson-Espinoza has made this inspiring work accessible and yet still very challenging. They are not just calling us to a new way to think but to a new way to live. Activist Theology is a guidebook to sparking new conversations and practices. At the same time, it is a memoir and insight into Henderson-Espinoza's story, helping us reflect upon on our stories. I'm so honored to do life alongside this human as well as utilize their work as a catalyst and resource for my own work. This is what Activist Theology invites us all to do." --Melissa Greene, teacher; cofounder of IMAGINARIUM
"With passion and intimacy rarely found in theological thought, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza's Activist Theology is a profound delight, a gutsy proclamation of justice and freedom. Building on their own personal narrative and love for less-conventional God constructs, Henderson-Espinoza promotes a forward-thinking dogma, one that puts marginalized people groups at the forefront. They don't simply sing hope for forgotten communities, they offer creative and practical ways to inspire liberation, build bridges, and shine unapologetic light on all of the sins that define mainstream theologies and cultures." --Matthew Paul Turner, author of Our Great Big American God and Churched
"Jesus resisted a religion that served as chaplain to the empire. Karl Marx insisted a philosophy must not end at description but genuine change. Henderson-Espinoza demands a theological exile until religion returns to the streets. In Activist Theology, you get a full-throated and enfleshed vision of a theology worth living. We know that a beautiful memoir can move us. A fiery sermon can inspire us. A brilliant vision can seduce us. Activist Theology is all three and more. Henderson-Espinoza has written a book I didn't know I needed. Tell them 'thank you' in advance and get it today." --Tripp Fuller, creator and host of Homebrewed Christianity podcast
"Following Jesus the faith-rooted organizer, Robyn Henderson-Espinoza's Activist Theology bears intellectual witness to God as if the movement matters." --Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Associate Professor of Theology, New York Theological Seminary