Reinventing Christianity: African Theology Today

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Reinventing Christianity: African Theology Today.

By John Parratt. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 1995. Pp. x, 217. Paperback $15.

John Parratt rightly believes: "African theology today . . . faces theological questions that are equally the concern of the whole church: the approach to the interpretation of scripture; the categories in which the theologian should work; the relationship of the Christian faith to non-Christian religions, to all human history, and to the dehumanization that is part of our world today. But above all, it faces the question that lies at the heart of all theology that calls itself Christian. This is the question that . . . has been at the heart of all Christian thinking since the incarnation, namely who Christ really is for us today" (p. 212).

The book paraphrases selected texts authored by African theologians, both Protestant and Catholic. Although the book was published in 1995, most of the works cited were published in the 1970s. Significant, published theological thinking of the late 1980s and early 1990s, however, receives no mention. …