Everyone knows the nature of Christianity has changed and the church is growing rapidly outside the West. But there is no consensus as to what this means for doing theology. Must Western theology be exported? Should Westerners rethink their views of God and the Bible in the light of non-Western thinkers?
Theology without Borders argues that the current demographics of Christianity demand that theology becomes a comparative exercise in which different voices reflect their different settings and begin to learn from each other. It also describes the challenges such a project raises.
This concise introduction provides an overview of an emerging global discussion in theology by modeling this discussion from two different perspectives. Combining the voices of a Western and a non-Western theologian, it integrates Western theological tradition with emerging global perspectives, exploring the major issues involved in rethinking theology in light of the explosion of world Christianity.
“The most important theological development in the latter twentieth century was the birth of contextual theologies reflecting various cultures, social conditions, and ways of experiencing the gospel. The great task of this century will be to promote a faithful dialogue among these theologies. The present book is a significant contribution, pointing and opening the way for this task.” – Justo L. Gonzalez, author of A History of Christian Thought
“Demonstrates brilliantly how theologians’ contexts shape both the form and content of their theologies. The book is an important contribution to discourse on the necessity of a cross-contextual mind-set for constructing theology in this era of global Christianity.” – Victor I. Ezigbo, Bethel University
“This insightful volume exemplifies what theological education needs to become now that Christianity is a genuinely worldwide movement.” – Douglas Jacobsen, author of Global Gospel
“This cowritten volume is a valuable and catalytic resource for the pursuit and practice of a deeply faithful Christianity in a world of great cultural diversity.” – Vincent Bacote, Wheaton College
“This inspiring text challenges Eurocentrism in theology and explores the contours of a global theology that is truly multicultural, transnational, and transcontinental….Both beginners in theology and seasoned scholars will learn much from it.” – Kwok Pui-lan, author of Postcolonial Imagination and Feminist Theology
“Steps beyond Western and non-Western paradigms and invites us to a genuinely global conversation where East, West, and South discuss theology together around the same table….Essential reading for anyone studying and doing theology in the twenty-first century.” – Gene L. Green, Wheaton College and Graduate School
“A valuable contribution to a developing conversation about the status of Western theology after the demographic shifts that are changing the face of global Christianity.” – Adonis Vidu, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
William A. Dyrness (DTheol, University of Strasbourg; Doctorandus, Free University) is dean emeritus and professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and is the author of several books on global theology.
Oscar García-Johnson (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is associate dean of the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community at Fuller Theological Seminary, where he also serves as associate professor of theology and Latino/a studies. He is the author of The Mestizo/a Community of the Spirit: A Latino/a Postmodern Ecclesiology and other writings from the Global South.
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