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ISBN: 9781783687664
Imprint: HippoBooks
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 24
Publication Date: 30/04/2020
Pages: 450
Language: English

African Public Theology


Africa needs leaders and Christians from every walk of life to rediscover their identity and purpose in all spheres of society. African Public Theology sounds a clarion call to accomplish this vital task. God created all humans equally, intending for us to live in community and take responsibility for the world around us – a mandate we need to act on.

Through faithful application of Scripture to contexts common in the continent today, contributors from across Africa join as one to present a vision for the Africa that God intended. No simplistic solutions are offered – instead African Public Theology challenges every reader to think through the application of biblical principles in their own community, place of work and sphere of influence. If we heed the principles and lessons that God’s word has for society, culture and public life, then countries across Africa can have hope of a future that is free from corruption and self-promotion and is instead characterized by collective stewardship and servant-hearted leadership.

Author Bios

Sunday Bobai Agang
(Edited By)

SUNDAY BOBAI AGANG is Associate Professor of Ethics, Theology and Public Policy at ECWA Theological Seminary Kagoro, Nigeria. Sunday holds a BA (JETS), M.Div (Palmer Theological Seminary, Phildalphia, Pensylvania), and a Ph.D (Fuller Seminary, Pasadena). He has published several articles on various theological issues as well being a regular contributor to Christianity Today. An ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) as well as a member of the Institute for Global Engagement, he is founder and chair of the International Foundation for Entrepreneurial Education (IFEE) and co-founder and Vice President of Gantys Aid to Widows, Orphans and Needy (GAWON). Sunday Bobai Agang is a just peacemaking advocate.

Dion A. Forster
(Edited By)


Though there are thirty authors from different backgrounds and disciplines, there is unity of purpose, clarity and continuity in this highly readable book. African Public Theology is one of the most important theological books to come out of Africa in 2020 and should be a pacesetter for future African theologies.

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, PhD
Former General Secretary of Evangelical Church Winning All (EWCA)
Author of African Christian Ethics and African Christian Theology

This is an important primer for an introduction to public theology in Africa. However, this book is by no means relevant only to Africans; Christians in other contexts can also gain much from the insights offered here.

Rudolf von Sinner, Theol Habil
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology,
Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná, Campus Curitiba, Brasil
Chairman of the Global Network for Public Theology

The writers seek to discover how the church can truly be light and salt, heralding transformation and change. This is essential reading for all theological colleges and concerned Christians.

The Most Rev Benjamin A. Kwashi, DMin
Bishop of Jos, Nigeria
General Secretary, Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON)

This book will help us to be both faithful disciples and responsible citizens, both a faithful public church and an engaged institution of civil society, in local, global, continental and cosmic contexts.

Nico Koopman, DTh
Vice-President, Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel,
Professor of Public Theology and Ethics,
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Readers will not only gain information, but will also be empowered to understand issues affecting African communities. This book will go beyond mere reading to become a resource for the academy.

Rev Gertrude Aopesyaga Kapuma, PhD
Senior Lecturer,
Practical Theology (Pastoral Care and Counselling),
Zomba Theological College, Malawi

This book presses right where it hurts. Once again, African theologians have demonstrated their willingness and ability to tackle issues that matter to the church in Africa. This is a praiseworthy initiative that I salute.

Yacouba Sanon, PhD
Professor, Universit. de l’Alliance Chr.tienne d’Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
President of the Board and General Editor, Africa Bible Commentary

This is a fresh and innovative book that addresses crucial issues of faith and public life for ordinary people in Africa and argues for a redeeming Christian presence in the world. I am sure that this remarkable collection of studies will influence public opinion, inspire public action and impact public policy. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Corneliu Constantineanu, Theol Habil
Professor of Public Theology,
Director of Intercultural and Interconfessional Research Centre,
Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Contributors
  5. Part 1 Introduction to Public Theology
    1. The Need for Public Theology In Africa
    2. The Nature of Public Theology
    3. The Bible and Public Theology
    4. The Trinity and Public Theology
    5. Public Theology and Identity
  6. Part 2 Public Theology and Public Life 65
    1. Democracy, Citizenship and Civil Society
    2. Work
    3. Economics
    4. Poverty
    5. Rural Community Development
    6. Education
    7. The Environment
    8. Science
    9. Health
    10. Human Rights
    11. Gender
    12. Migration and Human Trafficking
    13. Refugees and Stateless People
    14. Interfaith Relations
    15. The State
    16. Police and Armed Forces
    17. Land Issues
    18. The Media
    19. The Arts
    20. Leadership
    21. Intergenerational Issues
  7. Part 3 Public Theology and the Church
    1. Christianity and the Church in Africa
    2. Mobilizing the Church in Africa
    3. Towards the Africa God Wants
  8. Appendix: Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want
  9. Bibliography


Samuel Waje Kunhiyop

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop is Head of the Postgraduate School, South African Theological Seminary. He was previously the Provost and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS). He holds a BA (JETS), MAET (Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon), and PhD (Trinity International University, Illinois) He is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA).

Musa Hassan

Tersur A. Aben

Jane Adhimabo Chiroma

Piet Naude

Collium Banda

COLLIUM BANDA is a Langham Scholar who studied at the Theological College of Zimbabwe, the University of South Africa (Unisa) and at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where he completed a doctoral thesis in 2016 entitled Empowering Hope? Jürgen Moltmann’s Eschatological Challenge to Ecclesiological Responses in the Zimbabwean Context of Poverty. He has held a church pastorate and military chaplaincy in Zimbabwe and lectures on systematic theology and theological ethics at the Theological College of Zimbabwe. His research interests include Christian doctrines in the African public space, African traditional religions, African indigenous knowledge systems and Christianity in African contexts of poverty.

Olo Ndukwe

Ester Rutoro

Samuel Peni Ango

Ernst M. Conradie

Danie Veldsman

Daniel Rikichi Kajang

Kajit J. Bagu

Esther Mombo

Babatunde Adedibu

DR BABATUNDE ADEDIBU holds a PhD in Missiology from North West University, South Africa. He is an Associate Professor and the Provost of the Redeemed Christian Bible College, Lagos, an affiliate of Redeemer University, Ede, Nigeria. He is also Research Associate with the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, Cambridge, UK.

Benaya Niyukuri

Johnson A. Mbillah

Theodros Assefa Teklu

Sipho Mahokoto

Dwight S. M. Mutonono

DR DWIGHT S. M. MUTONONO is the executive director at Africa Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA) in Harare, Zimbabwe. During his many years as a pastor, administrator and educator in Zimbabwe he has witnessed many abuses of power which have strengthened his commitment to the importance of stewardship.

Bimbo Fafowora

Rahab N. Nyaga

Ofonime Inyang

Idaresit Inyang

Maggie Madimbo

Nathan Chiroma

Matthew Michael

MATTHEW MICHAEL is presently a Research Fellow at the Department of Old and New Testaments at Stellenbosh University, South Africa and the Academic Dean of ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria. He has published several articles on the literary and artistic features of the Hebrew narratives.

Alfred Sebahene

ALFRED SEBAHENE is a full-time lecturer, researcher and consultant at St John’s University of Tanzania, Dodoma. He gained a PhD in Systematic Theology, Public Theology and Ecclesiology from Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa. He is on the editorial board of the African Journal for Transformational Scholarship (AJTS) and assists NGO’s, churches and other organizations in understanding, formulating and responding to public policy. He is a priest in the Anglican Church and prior to working in higher theological education, Alfred spent fifteen years with the Diocese of Kagera, Tanzania.

Zablon Bundi

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