The Church We Want
By: A. E. Orobator
"This volume is the fruit of a pioneering multiyear, multilevel theological research project in African theology during which theologians, exegetes, bishops, pastors, theologians, bishops, and exegetes from across the continent committed themselves to sustained, serious, and creative theological thinking, conversation, and listening. The global church of Christ is the beneficiary of their determination to comprehend the questions and needs of God's people on the African continent." --M. Shawn Copeland, author, Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience
"Orobator has brilliantly gathered 19 essays from outstanding scholars with expertise in a variety of fields of African Catholic thought into a unified, yet diverse collection of essays that take readers into a critical dialogue about the past, present and future of the Catholic Church in Africa....The African Catholic church is not to be ignored any longer. The text, because of the powerful voices and great diversity of contributors, will be a welcome addition to readers seeking an increased knowledge of the pressing social, economic, moral and ecclesiological questions of the African context." --Randall Woodard, in Catholic Books Review
"Reading these essays is like listening-in on a conversation between African scholars. It is a privilege and an eye-opener.... The book deserves a place in theological libraries and on the bookshelves of anyone who would presume to minister in Africa or beyond their own cultural milieu." --Anthony J. Gittins in Missiology
Africa continues to experience great religious ferment, not only in the enormous growth of Christianity over the past century but also in the robust intellectual output of African theologians all over the continent. This volume brings together Africa’s theological elders with new and emerging voices to bring analysis and reflection on what John L. Allen Jr. has called “the most dynamic corner of the Christian map.”
The volume is a treasure for anyone with an interest in theological reflection from an African perspective, and a necessary resource for theologians and scholars working in a church that is steadily moving its center to the Global South.
A. E. Orobator, SJ, is the University College Principal at Hekima University College Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya. He is the author of four books, including Theology Brewed in an African Pot (Orbis).