Kwame Bediako and African Christian Scholarship: Emerging Religious Discourse in Twentieth-Century Ghana

Kwame Bediako and African Christian Scholarship: Emerging Religious Discourse in Twentieth-Century Ghana


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498299046
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Series: African Christian Studies Series
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sara J. Fretheim is a post-doctoral researcher based in Vancouver, Canada. She is a contributing author to the Routledge Companion to Christianity in Africa (2016), and is the first Canadian scholar to complete a Master of Theology (African Christianity) from the Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana.

Table of Contents

Foreword Elias K. Bongmba ix

Acknowledgments xv

Abbreviations xviii

Chapter 1 Kwame Bediako in Perspective 1

Bediako: On the Page and in Person 2

A Historical and Biographical Approach 13

The Problematization of Gender and Ethnicity: Ongoing Challenges 18

Chapter 2 The African Christian Study of African Religions: An Emerging Discourse 23

African Christian Scholarship: Fresh Perspectives, New Methodologies 24

The African Study of African Religions 28

Methodology: The Great Divide 35

Chapter 3 Reading, Writing, 'Rithmetic, and Religion: Nineteenth-and Twentieth-Century Mission and Colonial Contributions to the African Christian Study of Religions in Ghana 58

Nineteenth-Century Missions: Sowing the Dragon's Teeth of Education 59

Colonial Education: 1919-1950 70

Missionaries and Colonialists: Motivations 77

Chapter 4 Seeking First the Political Kingdom: Politics and the Study of Religion in Ghana 82

Independence and the Study of Religion in Ghana 83

Church and State: Politics and Religion in Ghana 97

Bediako in Context: Student Days 103

Chapter 5 "Down From What Tree?" The Unexpected Influence of Négritude Poetry on Bediako's Christian Thought 109

Négritude: Like a Woman Born to Die 110

Bediako and U Tam'si: Exploring Unexpected Influences 121

Bediako and U Tam'si: Areas of Affinity 132

From Poetry and Identity to Theology and Identity 139

Chapter 6 Reading the Akrofi-Christaller Institute as Text: Bediako's Magnum Opus 148

The Story of ACI 149

The Masters of Theology in African Christianity: Bediako's Abiding Contribution to the African Study of African Religions 164

Evaluating Bediako Through ACI: A Critique 180

Chapter 7 Their Past, Our Present: Bediako's Abiding Significance for African Christian Scholarship 191

One Part of the Story Comes to an End: Kwame Bediako, 1945-2008 192

African Christian Scholarship as Emerging Discourse 192

Bediako: Relic, Relevant, or Relative? 197

Future Directions for African Christian Scholarship 202

Concluding Remarks 205

Appendix A Current Scholarship Engaging With Bediako 209

Appendix B The Akrofi-Christaller Institute's Master of Theology in African Christianity 212

Bibliography 215

Index 227

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