Though there is truth to the phrase ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’, the statistics say that today the majority of Christians live outside the former lands of corpus Christianum and that this trajectory will continue. Nor is this ‘shift’ in the faith’s ‘center of gravity’ without theological consequence. Easily observable are the institutional concerns, but for Andrew Walls ‘what happens within the African churches in the next generation will determine the whole shape of Church history for centuries to come’. This course engages with theological voices from Latin American, African, Asian and Pacific contexts, the variety of challenges posed to established lines of theological discourse, and the intercultural hermeneutics in play. It will pay special attention to the contribution of woman theologians such as Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Pui-Lan Kwok, Marcella Maria Althaus-Reid, and Meehyun Chung.
Articulate the various broad themes shaping the discourses of world Christianity;
Compare the differences in emphasis across different geographical and cultural regions;
Evaluate the differing theological claims forwarded within the world Christianity context and the critical significance these have for the western theological tradition.
Online learning materials, tasks and tutorial discussion
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Develop a 1500 summary of a particular theologian, with a focus on his or her life setting, and the constructive contribution made. The theologian is to be selected in conjunction with the lecturer
3000 word essay which considers two or three of the voices covered in the course but supplemented with wider reading. This can focus on one cultural context, or examine a theme coordinated across these contexts (for example, the relation to the cultural and religious past) The essay must, however, incorporate the work of one female theologian
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015
Unit record last updated: 2019-06-04 14:52:07 +1000