Should Christianity’s theological face remain largely European and North American in the twenty-first century in the wake of the expansion of Christianity in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America? The question about the “theological face” of Christianity cannot be ignored. For too long African, Asian, and Latin American theologians have been left out of mainstream theological discussions. Few standard textbooks on Christian theology acknowledge the contributions that theologians from these continents have made to global Christianity.
Introducing Christian Theologies: Voices from Global Christian Communities is a two-volume textbook that alters the predominantly European and North American”theological face” of Christianity by interacting with the voices of Christian communities from around the globe. Introducing Christian Theologies explores the works of key theologians from across the globe, highlighting their unique perspectives on Christian theology and doctrine.
About the Author
Victor I. Ezigbo is Associate Professor of Contextual and Systematic Theology at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota. He is the author of Re-Imagining African Christologies (2010).
List of Tables
1. Preliminary Issues in Christian Theology
2. God’s Revelation
3. Christian Scripture
4. Trinity: The Christian God
5. Jesus Christ
6. Holy Spirit
7. Divine Providence
List of Tables and Charts
1. Christian Theological Anthropology
3. Christian Theologies of Religions
5. Christian Eschatological Hope
6. Christian Life
Endorsements and Reviews
The author, a budding African theologian, brings fresh, robust insights into Christian theology, prioritising the voices of non-Western theologies in tandem with mainstream theologies, thus bringing them into the global academic limelight. One merit of Introducing Christian Theologies is its pedagogical value and the all-embracing themes and topics. This is a must-read to all those interested in grasping the breadth and richness of the ‘theological face’ of global Christianity in the twenty-first century.
Afe Adogame, University of Edinburgh
Applying the best of contemporary methodology, this introduction to Christian theology from a global and ecumenical perspective equips learners to engage a wide variety of perspectives on the major Christian doctrines. Drawing on original historical sources, Victor Ezigbo provides a truly global perspective on key Christian teachings that has been missing in earlier English-language, introductory theological texts.
Heather Clements, Azusa Pacific University, California
It is a rare treat to read about theological ‘classics’ such as Irenaeus, Augustine, and Calvin, juxtaposed with more recent greats – from Ratzinger to Gutierrez, from Zizioulas to Sölle, from Mbiti to Samartha. Ezigbo’s comprehensive yet succinct text introduces students to core doctrines of the faith while sampling the growing theological vigour coming from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Alexander Chow, Chancellor’s Fellow in World Christianity, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
Introducing Christian Theologies is a feast! It covers the major doctrines well while being clear, accessible, engaging, and attractive. It is careful to describe faithfully differing views, but not too timid to evaluate them. It includes the standard canon of theologians from early church figures … [but] moves thoroughly into the twenty-first century with numerous contemporary theologians and debates.
Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College, Illinois