Vol. 1 No. 1 (2024): African Christian Theology

African Theological Education: Retrospect and Prospect — An Anglophone Perspective

Published 2024-03-31


  • Western missions,
  • Fourah Bay College,
  • Western intellectual tradition, reformation,
  • curriculum,
  • global,
  • colonial,
  • Christian missions,
  • black Atlantic,
  • missionary schools
  • ...More

How to Cite

African Theological Education: Retrospect and Prospect — An Anglophone Perspective. (2024). African Christian Theology, 1(1), 28–44. https://doi.org/10.69683/86410x05


Christian theological thinking and vocation has a long and illustrious history on the African continent, dating back to prominent theologians in Roman North Africa and Egypt. To appraise the prospects of theological education in Africa against its complicated and fraught background, I will discuss two issues of primary importance: 1) the need for theological education (programs, research, and institutions) to deeply engage African realities and context; and 2) why overcoming the debilitating effects of captivity to the Western theological/intellectual tradition will be Africa’s greatest gift to the global church. These issues are primary because they will largely define or determine the prospects of African theological education for the next generation and beyond.