ABSTRACT

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 Part I|70 pages

Theological method

chapter 1|23 pages

Theology today in Africa

ByElias Kifon Bongmba

chapter 2|18 pages

Philosophy and theology in Africa

ByOdomaro Mubangizi

chapter 3|13 pages

Theology of inculturation

History, meaning, and implications
ByLaurenti Magesa

chapter 4|14 pages

Sources of African theology

ByChammah J. Kaunda

part Part II|192 pages

Theological movements

chapter 5|12 pages

Dialogue between African traditional religion and Christian theology

A sure way for the survival of the Church in Africa
ByJames N. Amanze

chapter 6|20 pages

African feminist theology

ByAlice Yafeh-Deigh

chapter 8|15 pages

African theology

Political and public
ByJames R. Cochrane

chapter 9|15 pages

The sermon debate and political theology in Kenya

ByGalia Sabar

chapter 10|17 pages

From reconstruction to reaffirmation

African Christian theology in an era of hot peace
ByJesse N. K. Mugambi

chapter 11|26 pages

Christian theology and public health challenges in sub-Saharan Africa

ByJacquineau Azétsop

chapter 12|16 pages

Theology and reconstruction in Africa

ByJulius Gathogo

chapter 13|14 pages

Doing theology ecumenically

Some African perspectives on ecumenical theology
ByTeddy Chalwe Sakupapa

chapter 14|23 pages

Theology and development in Africa

ByStan Chu Ilo, Idara Otu

chapter 15|16 pages

African theology after Vatican II

Themes and questions on initiatives and missed opportunities
ByPeter Kanyandago

part Part III|136 pages

Regional and emergent theological themes

chapter 16|15 pages

The Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Theology, doctrines, traditions, and practices
ByEshete Tibebe, Tadesse W. Giorgis

chapter 17|12 pages

Evangelical theology

ByJames Nkansah-Obrempong

chapter 19|17 pages

Abundant life—holistic soteriology as motivation for socio-political engagement

A Pentecostal and missional perspective 1
ByMartina Prosén

chapter 20|15 pages

We create the path by walking

Evolving an African narrative theology
ByJoseph G. Healey

chapter 21|11 pages

Postcolonial theology in Africa

suti-0000010Looking back and looking forward
ByTinyiko Maluleke

chapter 22|11 pages

The theology of the African Initiated Churches

ByEzra Chitando, Nisbert Taisekwa Taringa

chapter 23|10 pages

Faith-based organizations in Africa and the option for the poor

suti-0000011Rapid diagnostic and insights from the theology of Father Joseph Wresinski
ByQuentin Wodon

chapter 24|14 pages

African Christian theology and sexuality

suti-0000012Some considerations
ByMasiiwa Ragies Gunda

chapter 25|18 pages

Theology and peacemaking in Africa

ByNamakula Evelyn B. Mayanja

part Part IV|122 pages

Biblical and doctrinal theology

chapter 26|11 pages

Bible and theology in Africa

ByLovemore Togarasei

chapter 27|17 pages

Christology in Africa

ByMartin Munyao

chapter 28|14 pages

Rumors of salvation

suti-0000013Perspectives of salvation in African Christian thought
ByDavid Tonghou Ngong

chapter 29|19 pages

Patristic ecclesiology in Africa

ByMary-Anne Plaatjies-Van Huffel

chapter 30|18 pages

Biblical and dogmatic theology on personhood

suti-0000014Application to Africa’s milieu
ByNamakula Evelyn B. Mayanja

chapter 31|23 pages

Liturgical theology—African perspective

ByElochuckwu Eugene Uzukwu

chapter 32|18 pages

Eschatology in Africa

suti-0000015Anticipation and critical engagement 1
ByElias Kifon Bongmba