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Richard J. Gehman

African Christian Theology Revisited

African Christian Theology Revisited is a powerful plea for all African Christians to think through your faith in African contexts under the authority of the Word of God.

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As African Christianity expands, theological reflection is expanding too. What do we believe? And why do we believe it? Millions of Africans are asking these questions.

Though there is no higher source of truth than the Word of God, many are drifting from this foundation in favor of popular (often Western) lies. In African Christian Theology Revisited, Dr Richard Gehman provides a powerful plea to think through your faith in African contexts under the authority of the Word of God.

As you read, you will:

  • Learn the key principles of biblical theology in Africa
  • Discover how evangelicals have significantly contributed in recent years, and how some African theologians have failed to remain faithful to Scripture
  • Study the major names and figures in African theology
  • Be equipped and encouraged to teach God’s truth to his people

African Christian Theology Revisited builds upon the insights of Dr Gehman’s celebrated classic Doing African Christian Theology – originally published over 40 years ago. This one-of-a-kind book will help you hold fast to God’s Word and remain rooted in a distinctly African worldview.

For 36 years, Rev Dr Richard J. Gehman has served in Kenya with the Africa Inland Church as a missionary of the Africa Inland Mission. He received his MA from Wheaton College, his Master of Divinity from Gordon Divinity School, and his Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary.

He taught at Scott Theological College, Kenya, where he was principal for eight years. He was the Coordinator for the Theological Advisory Group (TAG), a research and renewal group of the Africa Inland Church, Kenya; the Director of the Institute for Church Renewal; and the editor of the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology (AJET) for eight years.

He is the author of several books, including The Holy Spirit: Our Perfect Helper, African Traditional Religion in Biblical Perspective, Learning to Lead: The Making of a Christian Leader in Africa, and Solving Corruption in the Church and Nation.

In 2002 he and his wife, Florence, retired in Central Florida, USA. They have two children and nine grandchildren.

African Christian Theology Revisited is an important theological resource and a voice for evangelical theology in Africa. The key message is that culture must be subject to revealed Scripture in the Bible and the reader must be willing to set aside beliefs that are inconsistent with Scripture. This is a call to be truly African and authentically Christian. —Rev Dr Aiah Foday-Khabenje, Country Director of Children of the Nations, former General Secretary of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA)

The African church desperately and urgently needs theologians who will take seriously the recommendations of Dr Gehman and develop theologies on issues affecting the African church in a biblical and relevant way. To that end, I strongly and enthusiastically recommend this extremely resourceful book to African theologians, theological students, research libraries, and pastors. We have a saying in Hausa, a language spoken in Northern Nigeria that means, “Here is the horse. Ride it.” We have the book. Let us read it, apply it, and write accordingly. —Rev Dr Samuel Waje Kunhiyop, PhD, Head of the Postgraduate School, South African Theological Seminary

A combination of a long experience of ministry in Africa, a faithful commitment to the sufficiency of Scripture, a meticulous field research investigating African traditions, and the universal nature of Christianity gives undeniable credence to Dr Gehman’s attempt at theological reflection in Africa. This book treats you to a scholarly material that is systematically organized, exceptionally readable, thoroughly informative, and positively provocative. Read it! —Dr Alfred Muli, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Theology at Cairn University and Liberty University

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