Theology in the Context of World Christianity

Theology in the Context of World Christianity

How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology

Timothy C. Tennent
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  • November 19, 2007

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Timothy C. Tennent

Timothy C. Tennent

PhD, University of Edinburgh

Timothy C. Tennent is president of Asbury Theological Seminary. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, he has ministered and taught in India, China, Nigeria, and Eastern Europe, and his publications include articles in various missions journals and Indian publications. Tennent is the author of several books, including Building Christianity on Indian Foundations (SPCK India, 2000) and Christianity at the Religious Roundtable (Baker, 2002).


It’s no secret that the center of Christianity has shifted from the West to the global South and East. While the truths of the Christian faith are universal, new contexts bring new questions, new understandings, and new expressions. What does this mean for theology? Is the Christian faith not only culturally translatable, but also theologically translatable? Timothy Tennent answers this question with a resounding yes. Theological reflection is alive and well in the majority world church, and these new perspectives need to be heard, considered, and brought into conversation with Western theologians. Global theology can make us aware of our own blind spots and biases. Because of its largely conservative stance, global theology has much to offer toward the revitalization of Western Christianity. Tennent examines traditional theological categories in conversation with theologians from across the globe, making this volume valuable for students, pastors, missionaries, and theologians alike.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments

  • Forewords

  • Preface

  • 1. The Emergence of a Global Theological Discourse

  • 2. THEOLOGY: Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?

  • 3. BIBLIOLOGY: Hindu Sacred Texts in Pre-Christian Past

  • 4. ANTHROPOLOGY: Human Identity in Shame-Based Cultures of the Far East

  • 5. CHRISTOLOGY: Christ as Healer and Ancestor in Africa

  • 6. SOTERIOLOGY: Is “Salvation by Grace through Faith” Unique to Christianity?

  • 7. PNEUMATOLOGY: The Holy Spirit in Latin American Pentecostalism

  • 8. ECCLESIOLOGY: Followers of Jesus in Islamic Mosques

  • 9. ESCHATOLOGY: Jonathan Edwards and the Chinese Back to Jerusalem Movement

  • 10. The Emerging Contours of Global Theology

  • Glossary

  • Index


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