This book underscores the fact that for cultural anthropology, theological contextualization and missiological reflection to be clearly understood, it is imperative to be carried out through peoples traditional worldviews. Professor Kaleli argues that all theological reflections that lead to the development of Christian theology/Christian ethnotheologies have their primary objective to interpret and explain what the Person of Christ means to the believing community and to the world. Consequently, such a reflection takes place best from within a particular people’s hermeneutic community and from within its own cultural context and worldview. Basing his discussion on research findings, the author analyses the missionary background and the planting of the Akamba church, undertakes a critique on the Akamba Christian theology, proposes ways of constructing a relevant Akamba Christian theology and undertakes a case study on theologizing in the context of the Akamba supernaturalistic perspective. In essence, the author uses the Akamba Case as a representative model that can apply in any ethnic community with regard to theological contextualization and missiological reflection. Students of Christian theology all over the world will definitely find this book vital in their understanding of Christ’s mission in both the Western and the non-Western world.
Professor Jones Kaleli is Kenyan-born and an ordained pastor with Africa Inland Church of Kenya. He has MA and Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from the School of Inter-Cultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California; MA in Old Testament from Denver Theological Seminary and BS from Columbia International University. He has served for over thirty years in several areas of ministry some of which include pastoral care and teaching in colleges and universities such as Kenyatta University, Egerton University and Daystar University in Kenya; and Haggai Institute in Singapore. In August 2002, he worked as the founding Provost of Kabarak University, a position he served until August 2005 when he joined Liberty University in Virginia, USA, where for eight years he served as an Associate Professor in Intercultural Studies. In 2013, he was requested and inaugurated by His Excellency Hon. President Daniel T. Arap Moi, CGH; the Second President of the Republic of Kenya, to serve as the fourth Vice-Chancellor of Kabarak University. Prof. Kaleli is married to Dr. Jeddy Kaleli and God has blessed them with four children and six grandchildren.