ETH5210 Contemporary Issues in African Society

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen

Course Description:

To give a meaningful and purposeful existence to its adherents and to have public prophetic voice, African Christianity needs to make deep and significant contribution in interpreting the past, analyzing the present, and setting a path for the future. The impact of the slave trade and colonialism is still haunting Africans after many generations. The global financial system, the presence of China in Africa, the corruption in African leadership, the higher level of unemployment, and the challenge of radical Islam, begs for theological and missiological analysis. For many Africans, the future is dark. This course provides theological understanding of the past, and missiological analysis of the present and the future.

How This Course Benefits Students:

It is very difficult to understand where God is during difficult times and why he allows suffering. Theology of the cross will help the students to understand and get meaning out of the meaningless past of Africans, particularly, the slave trade and colonialism. Gods redemptive plan in its all aspects provides answer to the other pertinent issues discussed in this course.

Why This Course Is Important:

In response to many challenges and issues Africans are currently facing, this course concentrates on theological and missiological approach to interpret the past and analyze the present. Accepting new challenges, making new relationships, liberation from intellectual and spiritual bondage, dealing with visible and invisible violence, are the main feature of this course.