African British Theology: A New Book, An emerging Field of Study!

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.




About israelolofinjana

Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multicultural church in south east London. He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA (Hons) in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT). Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” and author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic journals and Christian magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. He is a member of the Global Connections council. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!
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