The centre of gravity of World Christianity has moved to the South. The numerical growth of African Christians however does not manifest itself in academic theology. Kwame Bediako (1945–2008) is a voice from Ghana that claims a space for African contributions in theology. His quest for identity, his analysis of mission, culture and language, and his critique of a ‹Western value setting› raise issues that are relevant beyond his own context. His statement that Africa is a ‹laboratory› for World Christianity challenges theological debates. His Christological approach is the key to critical engagement with church and society. The book analyses Bediako’s work from a postcolonial and intercontextual perspective. His contribution marks an unfinished agenda in African-European encounters.
Frankfurt am Main, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2017. 578 pp.
African and World Christianity – Kwame Bediako – African and intercontextual theology – Postcolonial theory – African agency
in history – Christology and Hermeneutics – Witness in the Public Sphere – Theological Scholarship – Primal Religion and Spirituality
– Culture and language – Enlightenment and The West