Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography
Series editors: Pete Ward, Christian Scharen, Paul Fiddes, John Swinton, James Nieman
Announcing the next volume in the series:
Volume 3: Todd David Whitmore, Gospel Mimesis: An Anthropological Theology
Gospel Mimesis draws upon Whitmore’s seventeen months of fieldwork in conflict and post- conflict northern Uganda and South Sudan. Whitmore’s fieldwork, which took place beginning in 2005, included living in Internally Displaced Persons camps in northern Uganda. The argument of Gospel Mimesis runs on two levels, one methodological and the other substantive. The methodological argument is that Christian theology must be mimetic – that is, be an instantiation of the imitation of Christ and, in the process, instigate the reader to take up such imitation – if such theology is to make good on the claim of being Christian. Whitmore make the case that the thick descriptions that ethnography offers facilitate the doing of precisely this kind of theology. Substantively, he draws upon this fieldwork to show how the cosmology of the Acholi people and their neighbors in northern Uganda and South Sudan – a cosmology that has striking similarities with that of Jesus of Nazareth – provides them with a culturally-grounded advantage over the modern West in interpreting and thus imitating Jesus Christ and his mission.