In Contextual Theology: Examples from Christianity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America (TH390) you will be introduced to how contextual theology takes human context seriously by regarding it as an indispensable source of theology. Victor Ezigbo demonstrates that contextual theology is a valuable asset for theologians who already do theology from a systematic, historical, or biblical perspective.
The course examines African ancestor Christology, which views Jesus Christ as an ancestor in the spiritual and physical world. It explores liberation theologians in Latin America who emphasize engaging in social action and confronting social problems in their communities, and it considers Asian Dalit theology, which seeks to answer the questions of those who are deemed outcasts in the traditional Hindu caste system.
All theologians have a responsibility to serve the church, and this course will help bridge the gap between the academic library and streets where people live, as it examines how to engage with the questions that people in various contexts are actually asking. This course establishes a foundation for both understanding and practicing contextual theology.