Theological education and African cities: an imperative for action

Stephan de Beer


Africa’s urban explosion presents a clear challenge to the way we do theological education in Africa today. The backdrop of this article is a collaborative research project that involved 15 theological institutions across the African continent, contemplating what theological education and formation should look like, considering Africa’s current and future urban realities. It proposes paradigmatic shifts in theological education, grounded in thorough conceptual and hermeneutical self-critique. It explores various approaches to urbanizing theological curricula, and concludes with a call for a new kind of African urban apostolate.

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