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Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology
Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think About and Discuss Theology. By Timothy C. Tennent. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007. Pp. xxi, 295. $24.99.
In Theology in the Context of World Christianity, Timothy Tennent addresses two contemporary realities that have been coming into increasingly clear focus in recent times. First, the center of gravity for Christianity has shifted into the South of the Majority World; second, non-Christian world religions are part of the everyday context for most Christians. These realities imply that Majority World Christian theology needs to "be heard as part of the normal course of theological study in the West" (p. 15) and that theological issues arising from the encounter with non-Christian religions need to be part of Christian theological reflection. "Theology is our attempt to understand the biblical revelation within the framework of our particular historical and cultural setting" (p. 251). The genius of Christianity is that it is both culturally and theologically translatable, meaning that "kerygmatic essentials of the Christian faith [can] be discovered and restated within an infinite number of new global contexts" (p. 16).
Tennent does not abandon systematic theology, despite its acknowledged limitations. …