In Reinventing Christianity, the first comprehensive survey of Christian theology in Africa to appear in English, John Parratt provides a critical yet sympathetic examination of the new ways of doing theology that have recently emerged from within the African church.
Following an introduction that charts the growth and development of African theology, Parratt examines the differing theological assumptions and methodologies throughout the continent. He also shows how Africans are rethinking the central dogmas of the Christian faith - Scripture, God, christology, the church, and eschatology - and evaluates Africa's political theologies, giving special attention to theological approaches to African socialism and to South African black theology. The final chapter exposes some of the problematic issues that can provide a framework for wider ecumenical theological debate.
"This book represents one of the clearest and most systematic presentations of African theology. Parratt writes with care and passion. Those who wish to acquaint themselves with current trends in contextual theologies will find this to be an important text". - R. S. Sugirtharajah Selly Oaks Colleges, England
"This excellent introduction to Christian theology in Africa fills a real need. It will be of great use to students both in Africa and in the Western world, and has much of interest for the general reader". - Elizabeth Isichei University of Otago, New Zealand
"An excellent study of the theological developments that have taken place in Africa. Parratt has investigated an impressive number and variety of contributions by African theologians. The student of African theology will be greatly helped by this thoughtful study". -Kwesi A. Dickson
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
JOHN PARRATT has spent more than twenty years in theological education in African and was formerly professor of theology and religious studies at the universities of Malawi and Botswana. He is the author of Papuan Belief and Ritual and A Reader in African Theology and the editor of The Practice of Presence: Shorter Writings of Harry Sawyer.