A Tapestry of Global Christology
Weaving a Three-Stranded Theological Cord
Who is Jesus Christ in a context of violence and bloodshed, such as that experienced by Christians in Northern Nigeria? This is the question at the heart of Dr. Isuwa Atsen’s study of global Christology. His aim, however, is not to develop a Christology that is unique to Northern Nigeria, but a Christology that is contextually and conceptually relevant to the real concerns of Nigerian Christians, while maintaining a catholic and scriptural understanding of the person of Jesus Christ. In order to do so, he weaves together three diverse christological approaches, examining the intersection of contextual theology, analytic theology, and the theological interpretation of Scripture. The approach thereby presents some helpful insights for theological methodology in general. This is an excellent resource for theologians, students, and all those involved in the task of global Christology.
This book is an ambitious undertaking. By engaging the resources of contextual theology, analytic theology, and the theological interpretation of Scripture, Atsen adroitly draws together strands of theological discourse which have proceeded all too often in isolation from one another. The result of the inquiry is a robust and richly integrative contribution to the church’s reflection upon the doctrine of Christ. Atsen’s proposal is essential reading for all students of Christian thought, and especially for those who lament the phenomenon of fragmentation in contemporary theology.
David Luy, PhD
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology,
North American Lutheran Seminary, Pennsylvania, USA
“A cord of three strands is not easily broken” (Eccl. 4:12). This may not be an African proverb, but in Atsen’s hands it becomes a compelling image for doing theology – for reading Scripture theologically – that is simultaneously catholic, conceptually precise, and sensitive to cultural context. Especially important are Atsen’s explanations as to why neither creedal Christology or ontology are examples of Western theological colonialism. Here is theology that is as biblical as it is global, which is to say, a theology for the church today, and tomorrow.
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, PhD
Research Professor of Systematic Theology,
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois, USA
Isuwa Atsen’s A Tapestry of Global Christology demonstrates faithfulness to orthodox Christianity and incredible knowledge, wisdom, and insight. Astute in the way he engages the task of Christian theology from a Majority World perspective, Atsen develops a Christology that is canonical, catholic, analytic,and contextual. It is filled with fresh insights and opens new vistas of theological engagements. This book is a breath of fresh air in Christological analytic theology. It will be useful to Western and Majority World theologians alike. I highly recommend this book.
Bulus Y. Galadima, PhD
Former Provost, Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, Nigeria
Dean, Cook School of Intercultural Study, Biola University, California, USA
This book is a theological response to Christological controversies tormenting the African Church. It provides a theological treatise to answer the catalogue of Christological misinterpretations, misrepresentations, misapplications, and misleadings. The author provides a sure way through these errors by using Scripture as the standard of our faith and authority. The book concludes witha pragmatic application of Christology to our worship and confession in the midst of danger and violence. I strongly recommend this book.
Rev. Gyang D. Pam, PhD
Provost, Gindiri Theological Seminary, Nigeria
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 Introduction
- Problem and Thesis
- The Thread of the Theological Interpretation of Scripture
- The Thread of Analytic Theology
- The Thread of Global Theology
- Rethinking the Western Versus Non-Western Bifurcation
- Scope and Delimitation
- Significance of the Study
- Summary of Chapters
- Chapter 2 Use of Scripture and the Nature of Christian Theology
- The Idea of Using Scripture in Theology
- The View and Use of Scripture in Christian Theology: A Historical Survey
- Construing and Using the Bible Theologically
- Situating Scripture and Its User within the Divine Economy
- From Theological Interpretation to Theological Theology