David Tonghou Ngong offers a comprehensive view of African Christian thought that includes North Africa in antiquity as well as Sub-Saharan Africa from the period of colonial missionary activity to the present. Challenging conventional colonial divisions of Africa, A New History of African Christian Thought demonstrates that important continuities exist across the continent. Chapters written by specialists in African Christian thought reflect the issues—both ancient and modern—in which Christian Africa has impacted the shape of Christian belief from the beginning of the movement up to the present day.
This volume offers an excellent overview of the width and depth of African Christian thought as it has developed throughout the centuries and across the continent. Its originality is that it considers a wide variety of historical and contemporary traditions as authentic African articulations of Christian faith: from early church fathers such as St Tertullian and St Augustine, to the centuries-old but still living Egyptian Coptic and Ethiopian Orthodox Churches, to the modern discourses of African liberation, inculturation, feminist, black, evangelical and catholic theologies. The contributions serve to demonstrate the critical point that Africa has been, and still very much is, a crucial part of Christian history, and that African agency continues to shape and reshape Christian thought.
Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds, UK
Chapter 1. Theological Significance of Africa and Africans in the Bible
Section I: Early African Christian Thought
Chapter 2. Alexandrian Theology and Contemporary Africa Christian Thought
Chapter 3. Africa and the Christian doctrine of God.
Chapter 4. Martyrs and Martyrdom in Coptic Christianity
Chapter 5. Augustine and the Donatist Movement
Chapter 6. Augustine’s Analysts: Reflections on the Psychological Reception History of the Confessions
Section II: Modern African Christian Thought
Chapter 7. Inculturation Theology in Africa
Chapter 8. African Liberation Theology
Chapter 9. South African Black Theology of Liberation
Chapter 10. African Evangelical Theology
Chapter 11. The Conception of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians: Is It African Or Western?
Chapter 12. African Roman Catholic Theology
Chapter 13. Contemporary African Christian Thought and Homosexuality: Issues and Trajectories