A new book published by Langham Partnership (Langham Monographs) is set to be released in September. The book titled, African Voices: Towards African British Theologies sets out a new field of study known as African British Theologies. The book argues and articulates that the significant presence of African Christianity in Britain and the theologising of African Theologians in the British context is paving the way for this emerging field of study. It is African Theology because of the presence of African Christianity, but it is also British because the new context, Britain demands that African Christians contextualise the gospel for the multicultural British society. One of the uniqueness of this book is that all the twelve contributors are African pastors-scholars all engaged in ministry and theological scholarship in Britain. The book is divided into three sections, Missiology, Constructive Theology and Practical Theology. Under each discipline are emergent theologies such as Reverse Missiology, Sacred use and spaces by African Churches, African Pneumatology, African Christology, Prosperity Gospel, Intercultural Ecumenism, Black Womanist Theology, Second-generation Africans and African church growth and spirituality.
Here is what some scholars have to say about the book
Olofinjana’s edited volume pushes the scholarship on African theology forward in new and exciting directions. While much research to date has focused on theology in the context of the African continent, Olofinjana argues that diasporic African identity – especially in the United Kingdom, his own area of particular focus – needs to be taken more seriously in its own right as a distinctive milieu of theological reflection. The other key area of innovation is the volume’s focus on the intellectual production that is being pioneered by members of African diasporic churches themselves; this, then, is theology deeply engaged with practice and diasporic identity. In this rich and multi-faceted volume, Olofinjana and his eleven contributors explore important themes such as reverse mission, emergent theologies, and the remaking of sacred space in the diaspora.
Dr Joel Cabrita, Lecturer in World Christianities, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge
The emergence of sub-Saharan Africa as a major theatre of Christian faith was one of the most striking developments of the twentieth century. The migration to the West of large numbers of African Christians has the potential for hugely important developments within Western Christianity in the twenty-first. This book is full of insights into both these factors, and provides food for thought in plenty.
Andrew F Walls, University of Edinburgh, Liverpool Hope University and Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana
This is a lively, very insightful and much needed compendium of intensive research in the field of theology, done by African Christians. All the twelve presentations in this book represent the efforts at calling our attention to the need to give ample currency to the development of African Theology outside the continent of Africa.
In sum, this volume succeeds in capturing an initiative to provide an opportunity for African scholars to share their unique perspectives and insights on African brand of theology. This initiative allows for deeper understanding and appreciation of the extensiveness of research being done by African Christians in the field of theology. This includes but not limited to, Missiology, Practical Theology, Biblical Studies and Systematic Theology.
Israel Olofinjana is to be commended for his ability to assemble such a wide spectrum of material which addresses several fundamental issues under three main premises: Missiological Themes: Reverse Mission; Migration and Contested Spaces; Contextual Constructive Theology: Charting Emergent Theologies and Transformative Theology: African Practical Theologies
I warmly commend this book edited by Israel Olofinjana for personal insight and corporate enlightenment. It is valuable to all serving clergy and lay leaders at all levels of the church hierarchy and irrespective of denomination.
Professor Deji Isaac Ayegboyin, Head of Department of Religious Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Past President of the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso.