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Journal for the Study of Religion

On-line version ISSN 2413-3027
Print version ISSN 1011-7601


SARBAH, Cosmas E.. Contextualization of Christian Theological Formation in Ghana: Nature, Challenges, and Prospects. J. Study Relig. [online]. 2022, vol.35, n.1, pp.1-21. ISSN 2413-3027.

Like in many African countries, Christians in Ghana bought into the concept of the contextualization of Christian theological formation - decades ago. Contextualization is generally accepted as teaching essential Christian disciplines with an active engagement of the religious and cultural environment, and the introduction of non-traditional disciplines such as the African indigenous religions and Islam curriculum of the theological institutes. Through one-on-one interviews with a cross-section of students and lecturers (formators) from both public and private theological institutions in Ghana, the author concludes that the process of the contextualization of disciplines still has a long way to go. This essay argues that, though the contextualization project is bedeviled by some challenges such as strong reservations about contextual-ization, the need to bow to the universal denominational agenda, and the difficulty of synchronizing theological objectives with proper teaching and learning methodologies, contextualization is essential for effective evangelization and promotion of interreligious dialogue in Ghana.

Keywords : Christianity; theology; education; contextualization; indigeniza-tion; curriculum formulation.

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