ETH6271 African Missiology: Beyond Colonialism

Course Overview

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

Course Description:

Since the modern Western mission in the continent, African Christianity has been struggling to find its own identity to imbed in African culture, to be the faith of Africans that pervade their mind and soul and speak to their daily life in every context. Because of the unhealthy marriage of mission and colonialism, by many Africans, at the beginning of Western mission, Christ was perceived as uninvited guest. This course examines the progress of African Christianity and its potential impact in global mission.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course provides insight how African Christianity respond to contextual issues such as urbanization, ethnic conflict, migration, Islamic theology and mission. The course also scrutinizes the strengths and weaknesses of the contextualization process to build African Christology and missiology.

Why This Course Is Important:

In the environment of imperial expansion, Christianity grew from an obscure Jewish sect to become a world religion. From the womb of the slave trade and colonialism, African Christianity has emerged to be a global Christianity that can share the burden of global mission and contribute to the development of Christian theology and missiology. This course aims to introduce, the scope, influence and contribution of African Missiology beyond colonialism.