Theological education, like theology itself, is becoming a truly global enterprise. As such, theological education has to form, teach, and train leaders of faith communities prepared to lead in a transnational world. The teaching of theology with a global awareness has to wrestle with the nature and scope of the theological curriculum, teaching methods, and the context of learning. Teaching Global Theologies directly addresses both method and content by identifying local resources, successful pedagogies of inclusion, and best practices for teaching theology in a global context. The contributors to Teaching Global Theologies are Catholic, mainline Protestant, and evangelical scholars from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, each with sustained connections with other parts of the world. Teaching Global Theologies capitalizes on this diversity to uncover neglected sources for a global theology even as it does so in constructive conversation with the long tradition of Christian thought. Bringing missing voices and neglected theological sources into conversation with the historical tradition enriches that tradition even as it uncovers questions of power, race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Teachers are offered successful pedagogies for bringing these questions into the classroom and best practices to promote students' global consciousness, shape them as ecclesial leaders, and form them as global citizens.
Dwight N. Hopkins (Ph.D. Union Theological Seminary, New York and Ph.D. University of Cape Town, South Africa) is Professor of Theology at the Divinity School, University of Chicago.
IntroductionPART I: WHAT IS GLOBAL THEOLOGY AND WHY IT MATTERS 1. Teaching Theology from a Global Perspective 2. Listening for Fresh Voices in the History of the Church 3. Teaching Global Theology in a Comparative ModePART II: IDENTITY, POWER, AND PEDAGOGY 4. The Good of Education: Accessibility, Economy, Class, and Power 5. Identity Cross-Dressing While Teaching in a Global Context 6. Teaching Global Theology with Local Resources: A Chinese Theologian's Strategies 7. Pedagogy for Being Human in Global ComparisonPART III: PRAXIS AND RESPONSIBILITY 8. Teaching to Transform: Theological Education, Global Consciousness, and the Making of Global Citizens 9. Hablando Se Entiende la Gente: Tower of Babble or Gift of Tongues? 10. The Geopolitical and the Glocal: Situating Global Theological Voices in Theological Education