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The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

1st Edition

Edited by Elias Kifon Bongmba


584 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editor

Elias Kifon Bongmba holds the Harry and Hazel Chair in Christian Theology and Professor Religion at Rice University, USA. 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.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / Old Testament
RELIGION / Biblical Studies / New Testament
RELIGION / Christianity / History
RELIGION / Comparative Religion
RELIGION / History
RELIGION / Reference
RELIGION / Spirituality
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Anthropology
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Christology
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Ecclesiology
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Eschatology
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Ethics
RELIGION / Christian Theology / History
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Pneumatology
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Liberation
RELIGION / Christianity / General
RELIGION / Christianity / Pentecostal & Charismatic
RELIGION / Theology
RELIGION / Sexuality & Gender Studies
RELIGION / Religion & Science
RELIGION / Christian Church / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Black Studies (Global)