Francis Spufford’s Unapologetic is a defence of the emotionality of Christianity. He’s not trying to convince you why Christianity is rational, but why it is beautiful. In line with his aim, Spufford’s writing is lyrical and a bit rambly. You might find yourself thinking ‘just get to the point’ if each chapter didn’t soar to emotional heights, peppered with self-deprecating humour and sarcastic footnotes. This is persuasion by emotion rather than logic. Read more
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In The Woodlands, we’re introduced to Rosa who lives in a world dominated by ‘The Superiors’ who apparently rule her world in an effort to ‘correct our faults’ after Rosa’s people lost a war. The Superiors are obsessed with race and have implemented some sort of program of cross-breeding to produce humans who are ‘all kind’, a race of super humans made up from the best characteristics of all races. Rosa lives with her cowardly mother and cruel stepfather but soon finds herself thrust into the ‘Classes’ to train for a profession as determined by the Superiors. When she rebels against their oppressive rule, she wakes up one day, pregnant with no knowledge of how that happened or where she is. Read more
Surprised by Oxford is a memoir of Carolyn Weber‘s (then Carolyn Drake) first year at Oxford. She arrives in the autumn and by spring has become a Christian. This is a story of how you might wish all evangelism went. She meets a stack of incredibly smart, thoughtful people who are humble, kind, articulate Christians. Her non-Christian friends by and large recognise that she’s on some sort of spiritual journey and are supportive of that. There are no crazies and no bigots to be seen on either side! Read more
Hearing and Knowing: Theological Reflections on Christianity in Africa is written by Mercy Oduyoye, arguably Africa’s foremost female theologian. A Ghanian, her perspective is shaped by a different context from the one we find ourselves in. Nevertheless, she brings some strikingly relevant questions, in particular, what does Christianity offer to the African that traditional religions (or Islam for that matter) do not? Unfortunately, the answer to that question was yet to be plumbed in African theology at the time of writing (nearly 30 years ago) for reasons that quickly become apparent. Read more
This is the round up of Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator’s Theology brewed in an African pot which I’ve been writing about for the past few weeks.
This is just a book that teaches theology: it’s an example of an African doing theology more than a treatise on how or why it should be done. Many of the topics are the same as you’d expect to see in Australia: Trinity, christology, ecclesiology, etc. Orobator doesn’t mess with those categories, but he shows how the way they have been talked about in the west jars or is nonsensical in an African context. He uses illustrations and makes applications that come from the African continent. I found it a tremendously enriching read for my own spirituality, as well as for understanding African theology, because it gave me different ways of thinking about familiar concepts.