There are some new voices emerging in Christian theological conversation these days. They do not speak with American or Western European accents, but reflect their settings in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Since they come from many places, the theological questions they ask are not ones we are used to in the West. They are as likely to speak of ancestor worship or political oppression as they are of church growth or evangelism. One thing is clear: we cannot listen to their cries of hope (or despair) without being deeply moved.
This book gives an opportunity to listen in to important conversations going on in different parts of the world. These Christian theologians do not respond to a common set of questions, but are setting their own agendas of theological discussion. With some general introductory comments, these pieces are meant to stimulate an appetite for further exploration. There seems little doubt that the major voices in theology in the next generation will share these non-western accents.
William A. Dyrness
William A. Dyrness is Professor of Theology and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been a missionary in the Philippines and has taught in seminaries in Manila, Kenya, St. Petersburg and Seoul. He is also the author of 'The Earth is God's: A Theology of American Culture' (1997) and 'Visual Faith: Art, Theology and Worship in Dialogue' (2001).