The Church We Want

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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).

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The Church We Want
African Catholics Look to Vatican III
A. E. Orobator
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Amazingly unusual about this volume is the distinct voice of African women theologians who honestly and authoritatively express not only their views about current issues, but propose the way forward in the building of the African church.
"... a stimulating book for the African and the World Church. It deserves a wide readership in the theological academy.... an excellent introduction to an ecclesiology that is truly Catholic and African and that is grounded in a conversational, multigenerational, and gender-inclusive
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.
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.
This is a book for the global Church--perhaps especially for local churches in North America and Europe in need of a broader perspective on the impact of Vatican II and Pope Francis. Some of African theology's brightest lights are represented here, including eight women. They shake up the expectations with which ‘Westerners’ approach ecclesiology, social justice, and interreligious dialogue. Its appeal and significance reach far beyond Africans and specialists on the African Catholic Church.
A marvelous mosaic that luminously illustrates the major trends in African theology today. If you want to know what African Catholic thinkers are up to fifty years after Vatican II, this is the book to read.
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.
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