God and Creation
This collection of essays – the product of the 8th annual conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology – wrestles with the topics of God and creation from distinctly African perspectives. Touching on topics from environmentalism, to ethnic conflict, to childlessness, the contributors present a powerful and timely reflection on the nature of God as creator and the implications of that identity on our relationship with the divine, with the earth, and with each other. Highlighting the rich wisdom of African voices, this book explores the particularities and complexities of an African cultural context, while presenting biblical truth that extends beyond geographical limits. Anyone interested in thinking theologically about our role in the universe God has made or what African culture, in dialogue with Scripture, has to teach us, will find this book to be an invaluable resource.
This volume represents an important African contribution to global theology from an evangelical perspective. We see here an emerging generation of African theologians who can address current issues in a balanced and biblical way, one that reflects a growing confidence and theological competence. These writers are reading western theologians, but they are coming to their own conclusions free of inherited shibboleths. Western readers will recognize the issues, but they will learn much from the fresh perspectives on display. This book deserves a wide readership.
William Dyrness, PhD
Senior Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, USA Author of Insider Jesus (2016), and Seeking Church (2019, with Darren Deurksen)
In vibrantly exploring God as creator and human relationships in creation, the authors draw on African theologians and contexts in tandem with Western hermeneutics. They remind us that image-bearing discipleship suffuses our relationships with the land, diverse ethnicities, socio-political margins, and an eschatology of cosmic renewal. This book compellingly beckons the global church toward in-depth work on creation care and environmental theology.
Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, PhD
John Stott Endowed Chair and Director, Human Needs and Global ResourcesProfessor of Environmental Studies, Wheaton College, Illinois, USA
Table of Contents
- Part I: God
- 1. God and His Creation Then and Now: A Critical Analysis - Samuel Ngewa
- 2. Missio Dei: A Way to Value the Present and Future World - Stephanie A. Lowery
- 3. God’s Justice and Its Implications for Sociopolitical Transformation of the Twa Community in Contemporary Burundi - Muhati Allan Isiaho
- Part II: Creation
- 4. The Groaning Creation: An Exegetical Study on Romans 8:19–23 - Joseph Mavulu
- 5. Toward a Theology of Creation: An African Approach to the Environment - Kevin Muriithi
- 6. Environmental Theology: Toward a Theology of Environmental Resource Management - Peter Mbede Oyugi
- 7. A Vision of Eschatological-Environmental Renewal: Responding to an African Ecological Ethic - Robert Falconer
- 8. Narrative Discipleship: The Interplay between Narrative Theology, Creation, and Discipleship - David Bawks
- Part III: Cultural Challenges
- 9. The Kipsigis’ Concepts of Childlessness and Their Implications for Discipleship in the Full Gospel Churches of Kenya - Catherine C. Kitur
- 10. Promoting Unity in Diversity: Imago Dei as a Panacea for Negative Ethnicity - Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi
- 11. God in the Public Square: The Place of Religion in Shaping Public Morality and Social Cohesion - Rodney L. Reed
- List of Contributors