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Abstract

This article seeks to contextualize the application of Inductive Bible Study (IBS) to a postcolonial setting: the Filipino American Church in Los Angeles.1 As part of the process of doing so, this essay narrates a short history of colonization and Christianity in the Philippines, the migration of Filipinos to the United States and the challenges Filipino Americans encountered as a people living in a foreign land. Included in this story is the importance of Filipino American churches and some contemporary challenges and postcolonial issues (such as “colonial mentality” or internalized oppression) that affect a particular segment of Filipino Americans in its quest to grow spiritually through the Bible. IBS is examined as a liberating and empowering hermeneutic for Filipino Americans and proposals are spelled out as to how IBS can be appropriated in this particular ecclesial setting.

DOI

10.7252/Journal.01.2013S.07