Theology in the Context of World Christianity

Theology in the Context of World Christianity

Taught by Timothy C. Tennent

As Christianity dramatically shifts to the global South and East, its universal truths face new questions and are expressed in new ways.

In this course, seminary president and missionary Timothy Tennent provides an introduction to majority world theological reflection.

Course Details

  • 10 Units

  • Self-paced

  • 4 hours of video

  • Intermediate

  • Theology in the Context of World Christianity

Course Description

It’s no secret that the center of Christianity has shifted from the West to the global South and East. While the truths of the Christian faith are universal, new contexts bring new questions, new understandings, and new expressions. What does this mean for theology? Is the Christian faith not only culturally translatable, but also theologically translatable? In this Theology in the Context of World Christianity course, seminary president and missionary Timothy Tennent answers this question with a resounding yes.

Theological reflection is alive and well in the majority world church, and these new perspectives need to be heard, considered, and brought into conversation with Western theologians. Global theology can make us aware of our own blind spots and biases. Largely conservative in its stance, global theology has much to offer toward the revitalization of Western Christianity. This Theology in the Context of World Christianity course examines traditional theological concepts in different contexts from across the globe, making it a valuable introduction for formal students and lay students alike.

By completing this course, you’ll gain

  • A thorough overview of what it means to face the truth that theology is a cross-cultural team game with global players
  • Greater understanding of how Christianity theology centers are shifting and changing in the twenty-first century
  • Insight into how we can approach systematic theology in a cultural, relevant, and exciting context
  • Confidence in your growing knowledge through personalized review sessions and unit assessments

Meet Your Instructors

Timothy C. Tennent

PhD, University of Edinburgh

Timothy C. Tennent is president of Asbury Theological Seminary. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, he has ministered and taught in India, China, Nigeria, and Eastern Europe, and his publications include articles in various missions journals and Indian publications. Tennent is the author of several books, including Building Christianity on Indian Foundations (SPCK India, 2000) and Christianity at the Religious Roundtable (Baker, 2002).

Course Outline

  • The Emergence of a Global Theological Discourse

  • Theology – Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?

  • Bibliology – Hindu Sacred Texts in Pre-Christian Past

  • Anthropology – Human Identity in Shame-Based Cultures of the Far East

  • Christology – Christ as Healer and Ancestor in Africa

  • Soteriology – Is “Salvation by Grace through Faith” Unique to Christianity?

  • Pneumatology – The Holy Spirit in Latin America Pentecostalism

  • Ecclesiology – Followers of Jesus in Islamic Mosques

  • Eschatology – Jonathan Edwards and the Chinese Back to Jerusalem Movement

  • The Emerging Contours of Global Theology


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