Majority World Theologies: Theologizing From Africa, Asia, Latin America, And he Ends Of The Earth

Majority World Theologies: Theologizing From Africa, Asia, Latin America, And he Ends Of The Earth

by Allen Yeh, Tite Tienou


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As Christianity's center of gravity has shifted to the Majority World in the 21st century, many younger churches in Africa, Asia, and Latin America are now coming of age. With this maturing comes the ability to theologize for themselves, not simply to mimic what they have been taught from the West. As theology is an attempt to articulate through human language and culture and contexts the timeless truths of the eternal and transcendent God, Majority World churches have much to offer the West and the world, as they contribute to a greater understanding of the Lord.                                                                               

Here is a collection of chapters exhibiting local theologizing from around the world, not just from the "big three" non-Western continents but also including the Middle East and indigenous North America. Just like Jesus (a first-century Aramaic-speaking Jew from Roman-occupied Israel) exhibited, the local is applicable to the global. And with Christ's call to his disciples to take his message to "the ends of the earth," this volume exemplifies the concrete reality of that today, not just as the message having been received but also as having been incorporated, synthesized, and rebirthed in new and exciting ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878080885
Publisher: Carey, William Library Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2018
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Allen Yeh (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Missiology at Biola University in La Mirada, California. He is the coauthor of Routes and Radishes; coeditor of Expect Great Things, Attempt Great Things; and author of Polycentric Missiology. He serves on the board of the Foundation for Theological Education in Southeast Asia (FTESEA) and the Evangelical Missiological Society (EMS). He has been to over sixty countries on every continent.                        

Tite Tiénou (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is Dean Emeritus, Research Professor of Theology of Mission, and holds the Tite Tiénou Chair of Global Theology and World Christianity, at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He previously taught at Alliance Theological Seminary, was the founding president and dean of Faculté de Théologie Évangélique de l'Alliance Chrétienne (Côte d'Ivoire), and was director of the African Theological Initiative. He is known for his contributions to theological education relating to Africa.

Table of Contents

Contributors xi

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction Allen Yeh xv

Part 1 Majority World Theologizing

Chapter 1 "Give Us Friends!": V. S. Azariah and the Call for the Four-Self Church Allen Yeh 3

Chapter 2 Polycentrism in Majority World Theologizing: An Engagement with Power and Essentialism John Cheong 24

Part 2 Africa

Chapter 3 Engaging Theology and Theological Education in the Majority World: Recognizing Visual and Symbolic Theology from the Akan People's Illustration Kofi Amoateng 43

Chapter 4 Koinonia (Fellowship) around the Mwaki (Fireplace): Reflections on Twenty-first Century Global Theological Education Diane Stinton 58

Chapter 5 Bible Translation, Theology, and Witches Robert J. Priest 75

Part 3 Asia

Chapter 6 Exploring Hindu "Insider Movements": Syncretism or Authentic Contextualization? A Theological and Missiological Appraisal with a Fresh Approach Natun Bhattacharya 89

Chapter 7 Analysis of Han in King David's Life: A Biblical Response to a Korean Concept Sunny Hong 101

Chapter 8 Sharing the Gospel with Tibetan Buddhists through the Cultural Paradigm of Pollution and Purity James E. Morrison 116

Part 4 Latin America

Chapter 9 Santería as a Means of Resistance and Deterrent to Orthodox Christianity Jessica Brooks 133

Chapter 10 Prodola: A Latin American Doctoral Program of Theology: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Way Forward Rubén (Tito) Paredes 144

Chapter 11 Latin American Christology: A Latino Diaspora Perspective Rolando W. Cuellar 157

Part 5 From Jerusalem … To The Ends Of The Earth

Chapter 12 A Critical Analysis of Naim Ateek's Palestinian Theology of Liberation Yousef K. AlKhouri 173

Chapter 13 Towards an Indigenous Theology of Worship in Alaska: A Study of Recent Efforts to Contextualize the Art of Yupik Eskimo Dancing John G. Ferch 184

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