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.
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
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
- Part 1 Introduction to Public Theology
- The Need for Public Theology In Africa
- The Nature of Public Theology
- The Bible and Public Theology
- The Trinity and Public Theology
- Public Theology and Identity
- Part 2 Public Theology and Public Life 65
- Democracy, Citizenship and Civil Society
- Rural Community Development
- The Environment
- Human Rights
- Migration and Human Trafficking
- Refugees and Stateless People
- Interfaith Relations
- The State
- Police and Armed Forces
- Land Issues
- The Media
- The Arts
- Intergenerational Issues
- Part 3 Public Theology and the Church
- Christianity and the Church in Africa
- Mobilizing the Church in Africa
- Towards the Africa God Wants
- Appendix: Agenda 2063: The Africa We Want