African Christian Theology (print ISSN:  3006-1768; online ISSN:  3007-1771) is the academic journal of the Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA).  The mission of ACTEA is to strengthen theological education through accreditation, scholarship, and support services to serve the church and transform society.  The journal is one way in which ACTEA engages theological educators and church leaders in addressing relevant issues facing the church and society in Africa.  African Christian Theology serves the whole of Africa and provides a venue for conversations between different regions of Africa, as well as an organ through which African voices can address World Christianity at large.  Following in the footsteps of theologians such as Kwame Bediako, Byang Kato, Kä Mana, Lamin Sanneh, Andrew F. Walls, and Isaac Zokoué, the journal promotes World Christianity perspectives through deep engagement with African contextual realities.  Articles are published in one of three languages — English, French, or Portuguese; each article has a trilingual abstract in those languages.  The journal also publishes short “booknote” book reviews and longer critical book review essays.

Current IssueVol 1, No 1 (2024): African Christian Theology

Published March 31, 2024

Issue Description

This is the inaugural issue of African Christian Theology — vol. 1, no. 1 (March 2024).  The theme of this issue is “African Christian Theology:  Retrospect and Prospect.”  As we look ahead to where we are going, it is fitting to look back to see where we have come from. This theme is deliberately coordinated with the theme of ACTEA’s General Assembly in September 2023, “African Theological Education: Retrospect and Prospect.”

As Christianity continues to rise here in Africa, it is fitting that this issue is published on Resurrection Day, Easter 2024 (31 March 2024).


Table of Contents

Editorial essay

In memory of those who went before, in honor of those who follow behind:  Introducing African Christian Theology.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/4yys6m08
En mémoire de ceux qui nous ont précédés,en l’honneur de ceux qui nous suivent
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/a13fny34
Em memória dos que nos precederam,em honra dos que nos seguemApresentação da Teologia Cristã Africana
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/5569nw05


African Christian Theology:  Past, Present, and Future
Jesse N. K. Mugambi (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/mev6vq22


African Theological Education: Retrospect and Prospect — An Anglophone Perspective
Jehu J. HANCILES (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/86410x05
African Theological Education: Retrospect and Prospect — A Francophone Perspective
Yacouba SANON (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/dx8x7r76


Isaac Zokoué : Regard d’un apprenant sur l’enseignant, son héritage et sa contribution théologiques
Dieudonné DJOUBAIROU (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/44qtm883
From ‘Devil’s Baby’ to Ambassador for Christ:The Evangelical Legacy of Byang H. Kato
Aiah Dorkuh FODAY-KHABENJE (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/mnffcq06
Kwame Bediako, Promoter of Africa Christian Thought
Joel A. CARPENTER (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/rc9ms595
A “Radical”, Prophetic Ecclesiology? Recovering Ecclesiological Insights from Archbishop David Gitari
Stephanie A. LOWERY (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/0ce6pm16
The Future of Christianity in Sub-Saharan Africa
Mercy Amba ODUYOYE (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/7msyax73

Book Review Essays

Missiology in Africa:  Authentically African, Magisterially Missional [reviewing Kwiyani, Harvey, ed.  Africa Bears Witness:  Mission Theology and Praxis in the 21st Century]
Joshua Robert BARRON (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/3h6d9j20
L’Église peine à jouer son rôle en Afrique alors que la démocratie n’apporte pas nécessairement le bonheur au peuple  [évalue Andria, Solomon, dir. Église, politique et démocratie :  Réflexions théologiques africaines]
Fohle Lygunda Li-M (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/veche438
Situating “Biblical Studies” within “Biblical Studies” [reviewing Mbuvi, Andrew Mũtũa. African Biblical Studies: Unmasking Embedded Racism and Colonialism in Biblical Studies]
Gerald O. WEST (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/7exvzh67
African Agency in Mission: Apolo Kivebulaya and Religious Change in East Africa [reviewing Wild-Wood, Emma. The Mission of Apolo Kivebulaya]
Linda OCHOLA-ADOLWA (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/27m2jt98
The Increasing Breadth and Depth of African Christian Theology [reviewing Bongmba, Elias Kifon, ed. The Routledge Handbook of African Theology]
Nebeyou A. TEREFE (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/3n85nx70
How African Higher Education Institutions Can Weather a Pandemic [Munyao, Martin, ed. Online Learning, Instruction, and Research in Post-Pandemic Higher Education in Africa]
Felix Chimera NYIKA (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/0zc91671
Pneumatology in African Perspectives [reviewing Ngaruiya, David K., and Rodney L. Reed, eds. The Holy Spirit in African Christianity]
Daniel MWAILU (Author)
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/dz11a393

Announcements / Calls for papers

Short Reviews

Grundzüge der Außereuropäischen Christentumsgeschichte
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/kxdv3w11
Des missiologies importées : leur incidence sur la formation théologique en Afrique francophone
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/1m7fx728
Christian Mission in a Diverse British Urban Context: Crossing the Racial Barrier to Reach Communities
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/5qbwf734
Expository Preaching in Africa: Engaging Orality for Effective Proclamation
DOI: https://doi.org/10.69683/9k0q0158
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