Kwame Bediako: African Theology for a World Christianity
*Available from 22 March, 2022
Kwame Bediako was one of the great African theologians of his generation. Challenging the assumption that Christianity is a Western religion, he presented a non-Western foundation for theological reflection, expanded the Christian theological imagination, and offered a path forward for post-Christendom theologies.
Kwame Bediako: African Theology for a World Christianity is the first full-length introduction to Bediako’s theology. It engages Bediako’s central concerns with identity – specifically what it means to be African and Christian in the aftermath of the failures of colonialism – the relationship of theology and culture, and the need of indigenous expressions of Christian faith for the health of theological reflection worldwide. Challenging stereotypical perceptions of African Christianity and pressing readers to interrogate their own theological convictions in light of cultural and societal presuppositions, this book examines the gift of Bediako’s work not just for Africa but for the world.
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Tim Hartman is associate professor of Theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia, USA. He holds a PhD from the University of Virginia in the area of theology, ethics, and culture and is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Dr. Hartman has published articles in several journals on topics such as global contemporary theologies, Christology, and lived theology. He is also the author of Theology After Colonization: Bediako, Barth and the Future of Theological Reflection.