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African Christian Theology

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Christian theology evolves out of questions that are asked in a particular situation about how the Bible speaks to that situation. This book, African Christian Theology, is written to address questions that arise from the African context. It is intended to help students and others discover how theology affects our minds, our hearts, and our lives. As such, it speaks not only to Africans but to all who seek to understand and live out their faith in their own societies. Samuel Kunyihop understands both biblical ...

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Overview

Christian theology evolves out of questions that are asked in a particular situation about how the Bible speaks to that situation. This book, African Christian Theology, is written to address questions that arise from the African context. It is intended to help students and others discover how theology affects our minds, our hearts, and our lives. As such, it speaks not only to Africans but to all who seek to understand and live out their faith in their own societies. Samuel Kunyihop understands both biblical theology and the African worldview and throws light on areas where they overlap, where they diverge, and why this matters. He explores traditional African understandings of God and how he reveals himself, the African understanding of sin and way the Bible sees sin, and how the work of Christ can be understood in African terms. The treatment of Christian living focuses on matters that are relevant to Christians in Africa and elsewhere, dealing with topics such as blessings and curses and the role of the church as a Christian community. The book concludes with a discussion of biblical thinking on death and the afterlife in which it also addresses the role traditionally ascribed to African ancestors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789966003164
  • Publisher: Hippo Books
  • Publication date: 12/4/2012
  • Series: Hippo Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Waje Kunhiyop is General Secretary of ECWA (Evangelical Church Winning All) and a visiting Professor of Ethics at Brigham University, Karu, Nigeria. He was previously Head of the Postgraduate School, South African Theological Seminary, and Provost and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS). He holds a BA (JETS), MAET (Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon), and the Ph D (Trinity International University, Illinois).

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction xiii

Survey of Contents xvii

How to Get the Most Out of This Book xix

1 Theology 1

What Is Theology? 1

Philosophy and Theology 2

Ethics and Theology 5

Church History and Theology 5

What Shapes Theology? 6

Fundamental Principles 8

In Conclusion 11

Questions 11

Further Reading 12

2 Revelation 13

General Revelation 14

Special Revelation 22

Revelation and the Canon of Scripture 24

The Inspiration of Scripture 29

The Nature of Scripture 31

The Authority of Scripture 32

The Interpretation of Scripture 33

The Uses of Scripture 38

Revelation Today 39

Questions 41

Further Reading 42

3 God and Spirits 43

The God of the Scriptures 45

The Spirit World 53

Questions 53

Further Reading 54

4 Creation and the Fall 65

The Creation of the Universe 65

The Creation of Humanity 67

The Fall 68

Sin and Adam's Descendants 73

Questions 75

Further Reading 75

5 Christ and Salvation 77

Christ in Contemporary African Theologies 78

Who Christ Is 80

What Christ Has Done 85

The Extent of Christ's Atonement 86

Questions 90

Further Reading 90

6 The Holy Spirit and Salvation 91

Who the Holy Spirit Is 91

What the Holy Spirit Does 92

The Baptism and Filling of the Holy Spirit 95

The Anointing of the Spirit 97

Questions 103

Further Reading 103

7 Salvation and the Christian Life 105

Blessings and Curses 108

The Blood of Jesus 124

The Name of Jesus 130

Prayer 134

Reverence for Ancestors 135

Questions 140

Further Reading 140

8 The Community of God 141

Contemporary Models of the Church 142

The Church as the Community of God 145

The Ordinances of the Community of God 152

The Marks of the Community of God 161

The Functions of the Community of God 162

The Organization and Government of the Community of God 166

The Relationship of the Church to Society 169

Questions 170

Further Reading 170

9 Beliefs and Practices in the Community of God 171

Spiritual Gifts 171

Discipline in the Community of God 179

Pastoral Ordination 188

Women in Ministry 192

Remuneration of Church Workers 203

Questions 207

Further Reading 208

10 Death, Judgement and Eternity 209

Eschatology 210

Death, Burial and the Afterlife 212

The Second Coming of Christ 229

The Resurrection of the Dead 233

The Rapture of the Church 234

The Millennial Kingdom 236

Judgement 241

Hell 244

Heaven 245

Summary 247

Questions 247

Further Reading 248

Appendix

General Theologies 249

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