1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

Edited By Elias Kifon Bongmba Copyright 2020
    556 Pages
    by Routledge

    554 Pages
    by Routledge

    Theology has a rich tradition across the African continent, and has taken myriad directions since Christianity first arrived on its shores. This handbook charts both historical developments and contemporary issues in the formation and application of theologies across the member countries of the African Union. Written by a panel of expert international contributors, chapters firstly cover the various methodologies needed to carry out such a survey. Various theological movements and themes are then discussed, as well as biblical and doctrinal issues pertinent to African theology. Subjects addressed include:

    • Orality and theology

    • Indigenous religions and theology

    • Patristics

    • Pentecostalism

    • Liberation theology

    • Black theology

    • Social justice

    • Sexuality and theology

    • Environmental theology

    • Christology

    • Eschatology

    • The Hebrew Bible and the New Testament

    The Routledge Handbook of African Theology is an authoritative and comprehensive survey of the theological landscape of Africa. As such, it will be a hugely useful volume to any scholar interested in African religious dynamics, as well as academics of Theology or Biblical Studies in an African context.

    Part I: Theological Method

    1 Introduction

    Elias Kifon Bongmba

    2 African Philosophy and Theology

    Odomaro Mubangizi

    3 Inculturation and Theology

    Laurenti Magesa

    4 Sources for theology

    Chamah Kaunda

    Part II: Theological Movements:

    5 Theology and African Religions

    James Amanze

    6 African Feminist Theology

    Alice Yafeh-Deigh

    7 Black Theology in South Africa

    Timothy Van Arde

    8 Public Theology

    James R. Cochrane

    9 Political Theology of Bishop Gitari

    Galia Saba

    10 From Reconstruction to Reaffirmation

    Jesse N.K. Mugambi

    11 Christian Theology and Public Health

    Jacquineau Azetsop

    12 Reconstruction and Theology

    Julius Gathogo

    13 Ecumenical Theology

    Teddy Sakupapa

    14 Theology and Development

    Stan Ilo and Idara Otu

    15 Post Vatican II Theology

    Peter Kanyandago

    Part III: Regional and Emergent theological Themes

    16 Ethiopian Orthodox Theology

    Tibebe Eshete and T. W. Giorgis

    17 Evangelical Theology

    James Nkansah-Obrempong

    18 Environmental Theology

    Ernst Conradie

    19 Pentecostal Theology

    Martina Prosén

    20 Narrative Theology

    Joseph G. Healey

    21 Postcolonial Theology

    Tinyiko Maluleke

    22 Theology of African Initiated Churches

    Ezra Chitando & Nisbert T. Taringa

    23 Faith-based Organizations in Africa and the Option for the Poor:

    Quentin J. Wodon

    24 Theology and Sexuality

    Massiwa Gunda

    25 Theology and Peace

    Evelyn Namakula Mayanja

    Part IV: Biblical and Doctrinal theology

    26 Bible and Theology in Africa

    Lovemore Togarasei

    27 Christology in Africa

    Martin Munyao

    28 Salvation in African theology

    David Ngong

    29 Ecclesiology in Africa

    May Ann Plaatjes van Huffel

    30 Personhood in Theological Perspective

    Evelyn Namakula Mayanja

    31 Liturgy/Worship in Theological Perspective

    Elochukwu E. Uzukwu

    32 Eschatology in African Thought

    Elias Kifon Bongmba


    Elias Kifon Bongmba holds the Harry and Hazel Chair in Christian Theology and is Professor of Religion at Rice University, Houston, Texas. He was the editor for the Routledge Companion to Christianity in Africa (2015) and serves as President of the African Association for the Study of Religion.