In this course, you will discover the exciting field of African Theology, a field of Theology that is relatively new, but is very significant, especially as Christianity grows rapidly throughout the continent of Africa. You will learn about various aspects of African Traditional Religion (ATR), namely, (1) Cosmology in ATR, (2) the philosophical, ethical and psychological principles in ATR, (3) the Supreme Being, divinities and spirits in ATR, (4) religious experience: rites, power and communication with spirits in ATR, and how Christianity ought to interact with such features of ATR.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe African Theology
  • Demonstrate the development of African Theology
  • Highlight features of ATR and their relevance to African Theology
  • Evaluate African Traditional Religion in the light of Christianity

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: What is African Theology
  • Unit 2: Methodology
  • Unit 3: Cosmology in African Traditional Religion (ATR)
  • Unit 4: Philosophical, Ethical and Psychological Principles in ATR
  • Unit 5: Supreme Being, Divinities and Spirits in ATR
  • Unit 6: Religious Experience: Rites, Power and Communication with Spirits in ATR
  • Unit 7: Christian Response to ATR

Required Reading
Adeyemo T (Gen. ed.) 2006. Africa Bible Commentary: A One-Volume Commentary Written by 70 African Scholars. Nairobi: WordAlive Publishers.
Bediako K 1995. Christianity in Africa: the renewal of a non-western religion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press Ltd.
Bujo B 1992. African Theology in its Social Context. Trans. by J O’Donohue. Oregon: Wipf & Stock Publishers.
Falconer R 2015. Spectacular Atonement: Envisioning the Cross of Christ in an African Perspective. Johannesburg: SATS Press.
Gehman RJ 1987. Doing African Theology: An Evangelical Perspective. Nairobi: African Inland Mission International.
________ 2005. African traditional religion in biblical perspective (rev. ed.). Kampala: East African Educational Publishers Ltd.
Healey J and Sybertz D 2004. Towards an African Narrative Theology. New York: Orbis Books.
Idowu EB 1973. African Traditional Religion: A Definition. New York: Orbis Books.
Imbo SO 1998. An Introduction to African Philosophy. Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, INC.
Khathide AG 2007. Hidden Powers: Spirits in the First-Century Jewish World, Luke- Acts and in The African Context (2nd ed.). Johannesburg: AcadSA Publishing.
Kunhiyop SW 2008. African Christian Ethics. Nairobi: Hippo Books.
________ 2012. African Christian Theology. Nairobi: Hippo Books.
Light V 2012. Transforming the Church in Africa: A New Contextually-Relevant Discipleship Model. Britain: AuthorHouse.
Mbiti JS 1970. Concepts of God in Africa. New York: Praeger Publishers.
________ 1989. African Religions and Philosophy (2nd ed.). Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers.
________ 1991. Introduction to African Religion (2nd rev. ed.). Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers.
Michael M 2013. Christian Theology and African Traditions. Philadelphia: Casemate Publishers.
Ngewa SM 1998. Issues in African Christian Theology. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers.
Oden TC 2007. How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity. Illinois: InterVarsity Press.
O’Donovan W 1992. Biblical Christianity in African perspective. Milton Keynes: Authentic Media.
________ 2002. Biblical Christianity in Modern Africa. Milton Keynes: Authentic Media.
Orobator AE 2008. Theology Brewed in an African Pot. New York: Orbis Books.
Parrinder G 1976. African Traditional Religion. Connecticut: Greenwood Press.