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Made in Africa? Visions and Debates of Theological Education amongst Lutherans and Evangelicals in Africa
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to analyse some of the major debates on theological education - its theological departure points, motives and objectives - amongst Lutherans and Evangelicals in sub-Saharan Africa.  

The number of African institutions involved in higher education, public and private institutions alike, have rapidly grown during the last decades. Together they form global or regional networks with an on-going exchange of knowledge, ideas, technology, money, students and staff. The largest growth of private higher education has been identified amongst institutions with religious affiliation. Due to their increasing involvement, the churches have been challenged to modify their views on what it might mean to be a relevant actor for societal change.

The field of theological education is situated in the midst of this complex context. Drawn into an expanding, expensive and competitive educational discourse, the churches, regardless of denominational affiliation, have questioned, problematized and challenged many of their old concepts and practices. The debate on theological education crosses national and denominational borders and is clearly interwoven with an even wider and more complex pan-African history.

Based upon the discussions in two African theological periodicals - Africa Theological Journal, founded in 1968 in a Lutheran context in Tanzania, and Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology founded in an evangelical setting in Kenya in 1982 - this paper seeks to draw attention to some of the visions for the future on the African continent.

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Keyword [en]
Theological education, spiritual formation, social change, higher education, evangelicalism, Lutheran, sub-Saharan Africa.
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Studies of Missions
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-305272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-305272DiVA: diva2:1037141
Mending the World? Possibilities and Obstacles for Religion, Church, and Theology. Uppsala 13-15 October, 2015.
Available from: 2016-10-14 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2016-10-14

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