ETH3210 Contemporary Issues in African Society

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen

Course Description:

The rapidly growing church in Africa is facing many opportunities and challenges. The conversion rate ratio is incompatible to the resource and methods of discipling the new believers. Hence, deep biblical knowledge of Christ and the mission of the church is hampered. Prosperity gospel preachers are mushrooming. The high unemployment rate among the young generation has become a breeding ground for radical Muslim terrorist and drug trafficking. Ethnic conflicts, child labor, gender inequality and the abuse and exploitation of women, the presence of Chinese and their influence are topics this course will cover.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Students will learn that mere numerical growth of Christianity is not free from internal and external problems. If the problems are not tackled biblically, numerical growth can be liability instead of asset.

Why This Course Is Important:

Christianity cannot give an anchor to the soul unless it answers the question of daily struggles of the believers. The ravaging power of HIV and Ebola, the unemployment rate and the unemployed, the violation of human rights by internal and external powers, the corrupt judicial system, etc., has made African Christians to ask, what is the place of the kingdom of God in this chaotic existence? This course provides the answer to the questions of African Christians.