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Majority World Voices - 20 credits (RT7342)

Module Tutor: Rev Dr Peter Stevenson

Summary of course content

This module explores the significance for theology of the changing centre of gravity of world Christianity. With the majority of the world’s Christians now living in Africa, Asia and Latin America some claim that ‘the era of Western Christianity has passed…and the day of Southern Christianity is dawning.’ Such dramatic changes in world Christianity imply that any evaluation of the nature and significance of Christian faith in the contemporary world needs to engage with theologies emerging from the Global South. This module enables students to engage critically with significant Christian voices from the Global South, and to examine how Majority World perspectives challenge and enrich discussion of central Christian themes.  

Credits: 20

Availability of module: Every year

Prerequisites: None

Necessary for: N/A


• To evaluate the significance of the rapid growth of Christianity in the non-Western world for the process of doing theology.
• To encourage critical engagement with the work of Christian theologians from the Majority World.
• To explore global perspectives on central Christian beliefs.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student will demonstrate:

• An ability to engage in critical evaluation of the significance of the growth of the Christian church in the Global South;
• Competence in reflecting critically upon the contemporary relevance of doing theology in a global context;
• An ability to assess critically the insights of selected Majority World theologians, evaluating their wider significance;
• Knowledge and understanding of some global Christian perspectives on central Christian themes;
• Understanding of the dynamic interrelationship of culture and faith.
• An ability to represent their own views and those of others sensitively, with understanding, fairness and integrity.
• An ability to engage in critical theological reflection and to present the results of such reflection clearly and coherently.

Teaching methods

20 Lectures


Two essays (50% for each essay)

Suggested book purchases

Timothy C Tennent, Theology in the context of World Christianity: How the global church is influencing the way we think about and discuss theology (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).

Suggested preparatory reading

Walls, A.F., The Missionary Movement in Christian History, (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1996).

Primary sources

Kwame Bediako, Christianity in Africa, (Edinburgh University Press, 1995).
S. B. Bevans  and R. P. Schroeder, Constants in Context: A Theology of Mission for Today, (New York, Maryknoll, Orbis, 2004)
D. J. Bosch, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in the Theology of Mission, (Orbis Books, 1992).
J. Corrie,  (ed.), Dictionary of Mission Theology: Evangelical Foundations (Nottingham: IVP, 2007).
Gavin D’Costa, Christianity and world religions: disputed questions in the theology of religions (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).
W. A. Dyrnessand Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Global Dictionary of Theology (Nottingham: IVP, 2008).
Philip Jenkins, The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. Revised and Expanded Edition (Oxford: OUP, 2007).
Philip Jenkins, The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South (Oxford: OUP, 2006).
Mercy Amba Oduyoye,  Beads and Strands: Reflections of an African Woman on Christianity in Africa (Akropong: Regnum Africa/Paternoster: Carlisle, 2002).
Craig Ott and H. A. Netland (eds.), Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an era of world Christianity (Nottingham: Apollos: 2007).
Vinoth Ramachandra, Faiths in Conflict? Christian Integrity in a Multicultural World, (Leicester: IVP, 1999).
Vinoth Ramachandra, Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues Shaping our World (London: SPCK, 2008).
Lamin Sanneh, Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity (Oxford: OUP, 2008).
Diane B. Stinton, Jesus of Africa: Voices of Contemporary African Christology (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2004).
Walls, A. F., The Cross-Cultural Process in Christian History (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2002)