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Theological Education in Contemporary Africa

Grant LeMarquand, Joseph D. Galgalo

Publication Year: 2013

Part One addresses ëTheological Foundations.í The five essays in this section deal with the Bible, Theology and Ecumenism. The subjects of theological methods, contextual hermeneutics, and appropriate curriculum are given special attention. Of course even foundational issues cannot be discussed in a vacuum and so each of the essays addresses these foundational subjects in the light of African realities. Part Two deals with ëContemporary Issues.í It is particularly in this section that the traditional themes in African theology have been somewhat displaced by concerns which are today very pressing indeed. Three essays are devoted to the question of HIV/AIDS. This disease, which has devastated the African continent, demands a theological and practical response from those who claim to follow Jesus Christ. If the churches do not respond to this crisis with energy and determination we should not be surprised if the next generation wonders whether the Gospel has the power which we claim that it has. Two essays address the question of Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations in Africa. The resurgence of Islam in the world today is a concern of many. For those who believe in Jesus, this is a challenge which demands much wisdom and love. How should we respond to our Muslim neighbours? What are appropriate and thoughtful ways to share the love of Christ? Two further essays appear under the title of ëThe Marginalized.í This could, of course, be a much large section. Those who suffer from AIDS could be included in this number, and one might have expected to see at least one essay on the place of women. In this volume, however, the ëdisabledí and youth are highlighted. Both groups are clearly in need of the attention of the churches, and both groups are clearly misunderstood and neglected. The final section of Part Two contains essays, which focus attention on ëTheological Paedagogy.í All of the other contributions to this volume make suggestions and arguments about curriculum, resources, and issues of concern for theological educators. The causal aim of this book is that these essays may help us to reflect in an intentional way on the implications of contemporary realities for the future of theological education.

Published by: African Books Collective


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pp. 1-4

Theological education needs to be a priority for the churches in Africa in the coming generation. The Christian faith has taken root and has grown so quickly on the African continent that it has been difficult for the churches to train and provide pastoral leadership for congregations. ...

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Chapter One - The Teaching of Theology in Africa: Some Reflections on Sources, Methods and Curriculum

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pp. 5-28

This paper is a general discussion of how theology is taught in Africa with special reference to theological method, its sources, and content (curriculum). I am aware that Africa is a vast continent and its geographical, cultural and social diversity, among other factors, makes it very difficult to speak in any general way ...

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Chapter Two - The Binding Power of the Text and the Context in which We Preach

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pp. 29-38

My wife and I have been deeply moved by your invitation to take part and read a paper at this anniversary conference celebrating 100 years of faithful ministry of St. Paul’s United Theological College. We have also been affected deeply by walking around the houses and gardens of the College, which was our home for six years. ...

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Chapter Three - Current Issues in Biblical Interpretation

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pp. 39-62

I have been asked to give a paper on ‘current issues in biblical interpretation especially within the African continent.’ I have discovered, however, that in the past four years there has been an explosion of such papers – a fact which itself tells us something important about what is currently going on.1 ...

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Chapter Four - Learning to Read the Bible in Limuru: Textual and Hermeneutical Reflections of a Non-African Guest

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pp. 63-82

In January of 1987 my wife, Wendy, and our first-born, David, arrived in Kenya where I was to teach New Testament here at St. Paul’s United Theological College. We came to this continent and to this country quite uninformed—ignorant, actually, of the riches of Africa. ...

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Chapter Five - Ecumenism and Theological Education in Africa

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pp. 83-104

I return to St Paul’s United Theological College exactly twenty-five years since I registered as a theological student. Since I graduated in 1980, I have enjoyed fulltime church ministry at the local and global level. My ministry has not been without moments of dark days of disillusionment and anger ...

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Chapter Six - HIV/AIDS and Other Challenges to Theological Education in the New Millennium

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pp. 105-130

I wish to congratulate the alumni, members and staff of this institution, on this occasion of the centennial celebration of St. Paul’s United Theological College. I am sure that historians of this theological institution can inform us that you are not only one of the oldest institutions of the Kenyan church but of the African continent as well. ...

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Chapter Seven - The Challenges Posed by HIV/AIDS: A Way Forward for Educators

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pp. 131-146

It is almost two decades since the eruption of HIV/AIDS in the world. The decades of struggling to prevent its spread have proven to be very complex and demoralizing. This is an epidemic that has left everybody in a situation of disbelief as the spread of the disease continues to challenge every part of the globe. ...

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Chapter Eight - Beyond “Victim Theology”: Reconstructing Theological Education in an Era of HIV/AIDS in Africa

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pp. 147-166

When future generations of African scholars conduct their historical research on the theological, moral and political life of African leadership in the final decade of the 21st century, how shall they judge our performance regarding AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa? ...

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Chapter Nine - Christian Theological Education in the Context of the Religiously Pluralistic Continent of Africa

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pp. 167-180

It is a privilege to be invited to participate in the Centenary Celebration of St Paul’s United Theological College, and to be given the opportunity to provide a reflection on Christian theological education in the context of the religiously pluralistic continent of Africa. ...

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Chapter Ten - Approaches to Teaching Islam in the Twenty First Century

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pp. 181-210

Africa is described by Ali Mazrui as having a ‘Triple Heritage’, in that its culture has been influenced by African Traditional Religion, Christianity, and Islam. During the post-Colonial period Africa was seen as being the ideological battleground for the Capitalist West and the Communist East. ...

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Chapter Eleven - Biblical Reflections on a Panel Discussion ‘Disability’

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pp. 211-218

A highlight of the theological consultation which took place in Limuru in June 2003 was an afternoon given over to a panel discussion on a topic rarely addressed in church contexts in Africa – the plight of so-called ‘disabled’ people. ...

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Chapter Twelve - Theological Education and the Youth in the Family, Church, and School

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pp. 219-226

During one of the worship services in my local church, a drug-addicted youth who was poorly dressed and dirty entered the church while the speaker was preaching. All eyes turned to the boy. The preacher immediately stopped and called the boy forward for prayer. ...

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Chapter Thirteen - Challenges of Theological Education in the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 227-236

The purpose of this paper is to highlight briefly some of the challenges of theological education in Africa today. Constraints of time and space would inhibit a detailed discussion on all the issues on this topic. I hope, however, that the few issues raised will provoke a worthwhile discussion in this symposium. ...

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Chapter Fourteen - Residential and Distance Approaches to Theological Education

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pp. 237-248

In the last two decades we have witnessed drastic changes in political socio-economic systems internationally and here in Kenya. We saw the fall of the Berlin wall, which for many decades divided East Germany from West Germany, leading to the creation of a united German state. ...

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Chapter Fifteen - The Way Forward for Theological Education in Africa. Final Reflections from the Limuru Consultation on Theological Education

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pp. 249-254

We, 45 church leaders, students, and theological educators gathered at St. Paul’s United Theological College, Limuru, to celebrate one hundred years of faithful ministry, give thanks to God for the opportunity we have had to reflect on our vocation in theological education. ...

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pp. 255-258

Mr. John Chesworth is head of Religious and Missiological Studies and a lecturer in Islam and Christian-Muslim relations at St. Paul’s United Theological College. He is a graduate of the University of Birmingham where he did his M.A. in Islamics and is now a Ph.D. candidate. ...

Back cover

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p. 266-266

E-ISBN-13: 9789966040442
Print-ISBN-13: 9789966974266

Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2013