Aimee Upjohn LIGHT, God at the Margins: Making Theological Sense of Religious Plurality. Winona, MI: Anselm Academic, 2014. Pp. 140. $ 16.95 pb. ISBN978-1-59982-188-7. Reviewed by Nathan R. KOLLAR, St. John Fisher College, NY 14618
Aimee Upjohn Light provides us with a survey of theologies dealing with the liberation, feminist, and interreligious movements. The survey is used to strongly advocate for a theology of religions that is inclusive of the theologies resultant from these movements. The common denominator to all these theologies is that they deal with those on the margins where God is revealed in a unique manner – different than in those previous theologies constructed over the last two thousand years.
Her surveys are comprehensive as well as well argued. The reader is provided with arguments for and against the diverse views she presents. Any unease with the overall arguments and positions of these theologies are well known: a too easy acceptance of God’s presence without an advocacy for a deep and necessary discernment process; the centrality of experience with only a hint at logical and scientific analysis; a claim to wholism without an equal challenge to balance all the relationships, both formal and informal, that are necessary to bring the common good; an urging for not only confrontation with the theologies of the past but also advocacy for a common search to build a new theology out of the central principles of all past theologies.
Anyone doing theology today is familiar with these theologies and the theologians associated with them. The audience for this book would be upper level Religious study classes as well as interfaith / interreligious programs done in a Roman Catholic context.