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 female 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;
Identify the particular concerns developed by the women theologians examined;
Compare the differences in emphasis across different geographical and cultural regions;
Critically engage at an in-depth level with one particular world theologian.
Online learning materials, tasks and tutorial discussion
1000 word book review of a primary text, which is to be selected in consultation with the lecturer
A critical 5000 word essay focused on one particular world theologian and his or her distinctive theological contribution. The theologian under consideration will be chosen in consultation with the lecturer.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2015
Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-06 13:56:25 +1000