Christianity and Suffering: African Perspectives

Christianity and Suffering: African Perspectives

by Rodney L. Reed

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We often hear these days that the centre of Christianity is moving toward the Global South and Africa is a key player in that movement. This makes the study of African Christianity and African realities important – even more so when it is being done by Africans themselves in their own context. The Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (ASET) was created to encourage research and sustained theological reflection on key issues facing Africa by and for African Christians and those working within African contexts. The volumes in the ASET series constitute the best papers presented at the annual conferences of ASET and together they seek to fill this important gap in the literature of Christianity. Africa is all too familiar with suffering. Yet there is a dearth of sustained theological reflection on suffering by Africans, or for Africans. Christianity and Suffering: African Perspectives addresses this need and is the fruit of the 5th Annual Conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology. The contributions address age-old issues like why God does not prevent or relieve human suffering; they wrestle with causes of suffering including witchcraft, poverty, curses, and war; and they also explore appropriate Christian responses to suffering, all from within the African context. The Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (ASET) is a professional society, founded in 2009 for the purpose of fostering evangelical theological scholarship and to facilitate collegial relationships among scholars and practitioners of the Christian religion in Africa. Its core values are: (1) Faithfulness to the Bible, (2) Professional ethics, (3) Creative and critical thinking, (4) Christ-like humility, (5) Community of scholars encouraging, respecting, and learning from one another, and (6) Development and inspiration of young scholars. To learn more about ASET, please visit its Facebook page:

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783683611
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 12/14/2017
Series: Africa Society of Evangelical Theology Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 266
File size: 1 MB

Table of Contents



Part I Suffering in the African Context

1 – Poverty and Suffering: The Role of the Holy Spirit

David Bawks

2 – Politicians, Funerals, and the Bereaved in Kenya: Biblical Perspectives on Death and the Afterlife in Light of 2 Samuel 1:2–27

Diphus Chosefu Chemorion

3 – Sickness in Africa: A Holistic, Integrated, Christian Understanding and Response

Steven D. H. Rasmussen

4 – Why Nigerian Christians Accuse People of Witchcraft: A Review of Cases Among the Igbo Nigerians

Felicia Chinyere Priest

5 – Loving “Witches”: A Christian Educational Intervention to Help Those Accused of Witchcraft in Northwest Tanzania

Janice Horsager Rasmussen

Part II The Christian Response to Suffering

6 – Following Jesus in a World of Suffering and Disaster

Isaiah Majok Dau

7 – A Missional Approach to Suffering Inflicted by Spiritual Powers: A Case Study of Northern Kenya

Judy Wanjiru Wang’ombe

8 – A Christian Response to Curses in Africa

Nathan Nzyoka Joshua

9 – Why Prosperity Gospel Preachers Are Prospering While Most of Their Members Are Suffering

Peter Mbede Oyugi

10 – Strengthening Christian Responses to Human Suffering

Philip Thuo and Daryll Stanton

Part III Toward an African Christian Theodicy

11 – Is God a God of Retribution? A Worldview Interpretation Using the Four-Legged-Stool Hermeneutical Model

Elizabeth Wairimu Mburu

12 – The Book of Job: A Challenge to African Spirituality Regarding Human Suffering

Sammy Githuku Wangonya

List of Contributors

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