Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora: In Honor of Dr. Tite Tienou, with Additional Essays on World Christianity

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora: In Honor of Dr. Tite Tienou, with Additional Essays on World Christianity

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Communities of Faith in Africa and the African Diaspora: In Honor of Dr. Tite Tienou, with Additional Essays on World Christianity. Edited by Casely B. Essamuah and David K. Ngaruiya. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2013. Pp. xx, 384. Paperback $44.

The rich essays of this Festschrift in honor of Tite Tienou reflect the complex realities of world Christianity--and its global mobility. Originally from Mali, in francophone West Africa, Tienou emigrated to the United States for education. He has taught in both Africa and the United States and has risen through the ranks to the pinnacle of leadership in theological education. He currently serves as senior vice-president of education, academic dean, and professor of theology of mission at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. The book's twenty-five chapters appear in two parts, "Africa and the African Diaspora" and "Other Selected Essays."

Tienou's deanship illustrates an emerging trend in which things are falling into place rather than falling apart in the decentering and recentering of Christianity's heartland(s). The old center is giving way to new centers or to multiple centers of gravity. As Joel Carpenter notes in the foreword, "American evangelicals are learning to embrace Christianity's changing location and mission in today's world" (ix), underscoring the interconnectedness of Africa and the African diaspora. As he aptly summarizes, this Festschrift "gives ample evidence to the changes afoot at Trinity, in North American religion and theology fields more generally, and out in the international networks of evangelical theology and mission studies" (xi).

Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (chap. 2), Elias Bongmba (chap. 4), and Casely Essamuah (chap. 5) provide contrasting examples of the impact of old and new forms of Christianity in Africa and the African diaspora. …

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