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Jesus and the Gospel in Africa : History and Experience - Kwame Bediako

Jesus and the Gospel in Africa

History and Experience

By: Kwame Bediako, Hans Visser (Introduction by), Gillian M Bediako (Introduction by)

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A masterful distillation of the insights of one of Africa?s foremost thinkers on the impact of Africa on the understanding of Christianity and Christianity?s impact on African identity. This book is a collection of thoroughly edited and abridged writings by Kwame Bediako that have appeared in a variety of publications over the course of the last ten years. Jesus and the Gospel in Africa is the best source for the author?s revealing insights into the Christ of present-day African history and the Jesus of African faith. Bediako shows how intimately bound together are such elements as the message of Jesus and the struggle to give birth to African democracy. Citing Englebert Mveng, Bediako puts flesh on the idea that Christianity is today lived in local languages long before it is translated into English and French. The ten chapters of this book are the finest introduction available to understanding Christianity as lived by countless Africans in a high stakes search for liberation and peace.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The African Experience of Jesus
Cry Jesus! Christian theology and presence in modern Africap. 3
Modern Africa as a heartland of the Christian religionp. 3
Christian Africa: The surprise factor in the modern missionary storyp. 4
Africa and the future of Christianityp. 7
Jesus of the deep forest: Theology from where faith must livep. 8
African theology: The quest and the discoveryp. 15
Theology as witnessp. 17
Referencesp. 18
Jesus in African culture: A Ghanaian perspectivep. 20
Christian faith and African traditional religion in retrospectp. 20
Jesus as divine conqueror in the African worldp. 21
Jesus and the ancestors in Akan world-viewp. 22
The university of Jesus Christ and our adoptive pastp. 24
The Good News as our storyp. 25
Jesus as 'Ancestor' and sole Mediatorp. 25
The epistle to the Hebrews as OUR epistle!p. 27
Reading and hearing the Word of God in our own languagep. 32
Referencesp. 33
How is Jesus Christ Lord? Evangelical Christian apologetics amid African religious pluralismp. 34
Introduction: The biblical records as the fruit of engagementp. 34
My route to the problemp. 34
Christ, unique in relation to 'other lords'p. 37
Christian affirmations--as recognition, not assertionp. 38
The unique Christ (1): Religions as traditions of responsep. 39
The unique Christ (2): What is it that, in Christ, confronts us?p. 41
Christian apologetics and the possibility of new theological idiomsp. 43
Conclusion: Christian apologetics amid other religious faiths--the continuing encounterp. 44
Referencesp. 45
Theology and Culture
Understanding African theology in the twentieth centuryp. 49
African Christian thought in the post-missionary era: Liberation and integrationp. 49
An early shared concern: the African religious past as a prime theological issuep. 49
African theology and the shaping of a method--theology as the hermeneutic of identityp. 51
A range of responses--indigenisers, biblicists and translatorsp. 54
The 1990s--into new directionsp. 56
African theology--a feeling after new languages?p. 57
African theology--a relevance beyond Africa?p. 58
Referencesp. 60
Africa and the Fathers: The relevance of early Hellenistic Christian theology for modern Africap. 63
'Continuity' and 'discontinuity': Problems of meaningp. 64
Some specific areas of relevancep. 67
The possibility of Synthesisp. 67
The challenge of Pluralismp. 68
Theology as Indigenisationp. 69
The pre-Christian heritage as a 'tradition of response'p. 70
Agenda for the futurep. 72
African theology and its African criticsp. 72
The Christian faith as 'a historical category' in the African experiencep. 73
Referencesp. 75
One Song in Many Tonguesp. 77
Referencesp. 82
Africa and the History of Christianity
The Primal imagination and the opportunity for a new theological idiomp. 85
Introduction: Prophet Harrisp. 85
The nature of the primal world view--H. W. Turner's six-feature analysisp. 87
The African world and the problem of unresolved multiplicityp. 89
Towards a fresh approachp. 90
Referencesp. 96
Christian religion and African social norms: Authority, desacralisation, and democracyp. 97
Introduction: Christianity's significance in African political historyp. 97
A new political task: From independence to democracyp. 98
The religious roots of African post-independence political authoritarianismp. 100
Christianity and the de-sacralisation of authority and power in historyp. 102
Referencesp. 107
Towards a new understanding of Christian history in the post-missionary erap. 108
Introduction: The new global impact of the Third World Churchp. 108
Theologies of the South: a new way of doing theologyp. 111
Christian History: its new shapep. 115
Conclusionp. 118
Referencesp. 120
Publications of Kwame Bediakop. 121
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ISBN: 9781570755422
ISBN-10: 1570755426
Series: Theology in Africa
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 124
Published: 5th August 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.35 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2