A Different Way of Being: Towards a Reformed Theology of Ethnopolitical Cohesion for the Kenyan Context

A Different Way of Being: Towards a Reformed Theology of Ethnopolitical Cohesion for the Kenyan Context

by David Kirwa Tarus

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Overview

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 Kenya is a diverse nation, with many ethnic communities and cultural traditions. However, this diversity has led to deep divisions over the years, resulting in entrenched ethnopolitical tension and conflict. In this book, Dr David Kirwa Tarus advocates for a Christian theological response to the nation’s divisions by presenting various theological perspectives on anthropology, society, and politics including those of John Calvin and John Mbiti, as well as other prominent Kenyan theologians. This work traces the history of ethnopolitical conflict in Kenya and the church’s response from 1895 to 2013 and thoroughly examines how a reformed theology can provide a pathway to social cohesion in Kenya. David Tarus humbly yet boldly challenges Kenyans to pursue national unity and peace by interrogating their allegiances to their ethnic communities and political parties. This book carefully argues why it is only a Christian identity, commitment to humanity as bearing the divine image, and the triune God himself, that can heal the divisions in this land and in turn bring an end to other social evils such as corruption, intolerance, and violence. Ethnopolitical conflict is not confined to one nation, and this study will bear much fruit in other contexts where people yearn for social cohesion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783685813
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 02/28/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 362
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

DAVID KIRWA TARUS has a PhD in Christian Theology from McMaster Divinity College, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is currently an adjunct lecturer at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. He previously worked as the coordinator of Scott Christian University, Eldoret Campus, Kenya, and taught as an adjunct lecturer at various other universities in Kenya. David is the co-editor of Christian Responses to Terrorism: The Kenyan Experience (Wipf & Stock, 2017). His research interests include theological anthropology, political theology, and ecclesiology. David is also an ordained minister of the Africa Inland Church (Kenya).

Table of Contents

Abstract

Acknowledgments


  1. Introduction
  2. History of Ethnopolitical Conflict in Kenya: 1895–2013
  3. The Church and Ethnopolitical Conflict in Kenya: 1982–2013
  4. John Calvin’s Doctrine of the Image of God as a Basis for a Reformed Doctrine of Ethnopolitical Cohesion in Kenya
  5. John Calvin’s Doctrine of the Christian Life in Relation to His Anthropology and Its Relevance for Ethnopolitical Cohesion in Kenya
  6. John Calvin’s Political Theology in Relation to His Anthropology and its Relevance for Ethnopolitical Cohesion in Kenya
  7. “A Hungry Stomach Has No Ears”: The Political Theology of David Gitari and Henry Okullu as Theological Responses to Ethnopolitical Conflict in Kenya
  8. Jesse Mugambi’s Theology of Reconstruction as a Theological Response to Ethnopolitical Conflict in Kenya
  9. John Mbiti’s Theologies of Identity, Culture, and Community as Theological Responses to Ethnopolitical Conflict in Kenya
  10. Conclusion, Limitations, and Further Research


Appendix: Response to Reinhold Niebhur’s Moral Man and Immoral Society

Bibliography

Index of Subjects

Index of Names

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