As the twentieth century passed its midpoint and was rushing toward its end, a growing number of Majority World theologians came to realize that they could in fact do theology in their own contexts for the benefit of their own people. Thus, from the 1960s onward, theologians in the global South have embarked on a form of theological construction that has sometimes been described as “contextual” reflection or “contextualized theology”.
This volume is motivated by the conviction that these efforts have resulted in theological work that is also beneficial for Christians in other parts of the world. The editors have invited Majority World theologians to share their reflections on several themes of Christian faith from their own socio-historical perspectives but with an unswerving commitment to the authority of Scripture. It is hoped that these fresh reflections will help Christians in the West to engage and benefit from the perspectives of fellow believers in the global South.
About the Author
Dieumeme Noelliste (PhD, Northwestern University) from Haiti is Professor of Theological Ethics, Director of the Vernon Grounds Institute of Public Ethics at Denver Seminary, and Adjunct Professor of Theology at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Kingston Jamaica.
Sung Wook Chung (DPhil, Oxford University) from South Korea is Professor of Christian Theology, Director of Korean Initiatives at Denver Seminary, and Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology at several theological seminaries in South Korea, China, and Indonesia.
List of Contributors
Foreword by Samuel Escobar
Part 1: God and Humanity
1. God and Humanity in African Religious Beliefs and Christianity
2. God and Humanity in Islam and Christianity
Ng Kam Weng
3. The Self-Revealing God and the Human Predicament
Part 2: Christ and Salvation
4. Redeemer and Transformer: The Relevance of Christ for China’s Cultural Renewal and Liberation
5. Christ and Liberation: Toward a Messianic Christology for a Postcolonial Society
Delano Palmer and Dieumeme Noelliste
6. The Promise of a Trinitarian Christology for the Latin American Evangelical Church
David del Salto
Part 3: The Holy Spirit and The Church
7. The Church as Pneumatic Community: Toward an Ecclesiology for the African Context
8. The Church as Liberated and Liberating Community: A Primer for a Latin American Ecclesiology.
Part 4: Eschatology and Mission
9. An Eschatologically Driven Missiology for Holistic Engagement with African Realities
10. Prophecy and Preaching in the Last Days in John’s Revelation: A Reflection on the Ministry
and Mission of the Church in South-East Asia
11. Sino-Theology: Recapitulation and Prospect
Wu Dongri and Chen Yuehua
Endorsements and Reviews
This is a brilliant collection of refreshingly creative global reflections on systematic theology. It leads the readers to a new theological vista with a much wider and richer panorama of God’s work with his image-bearers. The studies are deeply rooted in various life-realities to make theologies relevant and useful. The book even comes with a courageous suspicion that the traditional western systematic theology may have outgrown the scriptural evidence. This book will definitely trigger much debate and you will want to be part of it.
Wonsuk Ma, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies
The contributors to this volume collectively offer a set of fresh theological voices from the majority world.
Da Qin, in The Expository Times, Vol 128, No 10