Evangelical theology

Authored by: James Nkansah-Obrempong

The Routledge Handbook of African Theology

Print publication date:  June  2020
Online publication date:  May  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138092303
eBook ISBN: 9781315107561
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315107561-21

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Abstract

Theology is central to the Christian faith, and it shapes the doctrinal affirmations and practices of Christians. It is a discipline that seeks to understand God and how he relates to humanity and creation. There are different forms of theology, depending on what is the focus of that theological discourse. For example, we have systematic theology that provides concise and systematic teaching on various subjects of the Christian faith such as God, revelation, creation, Christ, atonement, the Church, and end times, just to name a few. There are other forms of theology that deal specifically with certain themes and subject matters such as liberation theology, feminist theology, African theology, Wesleyan theology, and so forth. Evangelical theology is one such theology. This chapter addresses evangelical theology as it is understood in Africa. In doing this, I will define evangelical theology. I will look at a brief history of evangelicals in Africa, then elucidate the central tenets of evangelical theology, innovations, and contributions to African Christianity, spiritual growth, development, and improvement of the social, political, and economic lives of African Christians, as well as the challenges posed to the evangelical faith in the midst of secularism and religious pluralism.

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