Tim Hartman, assistant professor of theology at Columbia Theological Seminary, has published a new book titled Theology after Colonization: Bediako, Barth, and the Future of Theological Reflection. Many Western theologies find themselves unable to respond to increasing secularization and intensifying globalization because they are based on the very assumptions of uniformity and parochialism (sometimes called “orthodoxy”) that are being challenged. In this study, Hartman claims that Ghanaian theologian Kwame Bediako (1945–2008) and Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth (1886–1968) can serve as helpful guides for contemporary theological reflection as the consensus surrounding this theological complex disintegrates further. Collectively, their work points the way toward contemporary theological reflection that is Christological, contextual, cultural, constructive, and collaborative. As one of the first books to examine the work of Bediako, this study will interest students and scholars of Christian theology, African studies, and postcolonial studies.
“Tim Hartman presents one of the strongest texts, from the perspective of Western theology, that argues for the wider world appeal of contextual African theology,” said Elochukwu Uzukwu, the Rev. Pierre Schouver C.S.Sp. Endowed Chair in Mission at Duquesne University, “…one of the best and perhaps the only courageous proposition I have ever read that presents Karl Barth as a contextual Western (Swiss) theologian without diminishing Barth’s influence.”
“This is the first significant comparison of Kwame Bediako and Karl Barth and one of the few treatments of Bediako. Tim Hartman’s volume is very rare in the fields of theology and mission studies,” said Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School.
Theology after Colonization is available in hardback and digital editions from the University of Notre Dame Press. For a review copy or more information, contact Kathryn Pitts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 574-631-3267.
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