Kwame Bediako and African Christian Scholarship

Emerging Religious Discourse in Twentieth-Century Ghana

By Sara J. Fretheim

Foreword by Elias K. Bongmba

Kwame Bediako and African Christian Scholarship

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Emerging Religious Discourse in Twentieth-Century Ghana

By Sara J. Fretheim

Foreword by Elias K. Bongmba

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In a departure from current theologically-focused scholarship on Ghanaian theologian Kwame Bediako, this book places him within the wider historical continuum of twentieth-century Ghana and reads him as a leading Christian scholar within the African study of African religions. The book traces a variety of influences and figures within this emerging African discourse in Ghana, including aspects of missions and colonial history and the voices of poets, politicians, prophets, and priests.

Locating Bediako within this complex twentieth-century matrix, this intellectual history draws upon his published and key unpublished works, including his first masters and doctoral dissertations on Négritude literature, an abiding influence on his later Christian thought and an essential foundation for interpreting this scholar. This book also “reads” the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture as “text” by Bediako, revealing essential components of his intellectual and spiritual itinerary revealed in the Institute’s community and curriculum.

This approach challenges narrowly-focused theological scholarship on Bediako, while highlighting critical methodological divisions between African, Western, confessional, and non-confessional approaches to the study of religion in Africa. In doing so, it highlights the rich complexity of this emerging African discourse and identifies Bediako as a pioneering African Christian intellectual within this wider field.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“As this book abundantly illustrates, the era of decolonization that followed World War II saw European empires dismantled, and a host of new nations, including Ghana, emerging. This opened a chapter of Christian history that has still to be explored and documented. Dr. Fretheim makes a valuable contribution to that end, focusing on a theme crucial to the process of decolonization: the religious scene in Africa, past and present, and how Africans—Christian and otherwise—approached it. It is an absorbing study, with much upon which to reflect. The life and work of one such seminal figure, Kwame Bediako, appears in Dr. Fretheim’s account as a lens through which many of the cultural, intellectual, religious, and theological currents pass on to her screen. There is much worth pondering in this story, and we are in debt to Dr. Fretheim for making it available.”

—Andrew F. Walls,University of Edinburgh, Liverpool Hope University and Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture





“A number of studies have appeared on Africa’s late twentieth-century Ghanaian theologian Kwame Bediako’s contribution to Christian theology in Africa. Sara Fretheim’s work promises to be one of the most innovative contributions. It has depth and a wider contextual orbit than most. . . . Fretheim’s novel approach to the work of one of Africa’s most influential theologians will serve the theological academy on world Christianity for generations and help in immortalizing his heritage.”

—J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra, Ghana



“This is an illuminating account on the writings and personality of one of the leading scholars in the study of African Christianity, Kwame Bediako. Fretheim succeeds in locating Bediako in his Ghanaian context, but teases out his significance to global Christianity and theology. Her penetrating insights, balanced approach, and appreciation of Bediako radiate throughout this book. I warmly recommend this book to theologians, scholars of religion, anthropologists, historians of global Christianity and Christianity in Africa, political scientists, and others.”

—Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe

Contributors-

Sara J. Fretheim
Elias K. Bongmba

Bio(s)-

Sara J. Fretheim is a post-doctoral researcher based in Vancouver, Canada. She is a contributing author to the Routledge Companion to Christianity in Africa (2016), and is the first Canadian scholar to complete a Master of Theology (African Christianity) from the Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Ghana.

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