TCL5210EN - Intercultural Theology: Meaning and Method

Course description

This course introduces students to the forms and contextualization process of the Christian message in different cultural contexts and equips them to reflect theologically on the Christian faith about its communication within competing and diverse cultural contexts.

How this course benefits students

Christian theology functions interculturally. This course provides the student with the knowledge and skill to develop greater self-awareness that enables them to serve effectively in intercultural and inter religious settings.

Why this course is important

The world is rapidly changing, so is the context of theology. Christianity today is intercultural, and mission is done in a very pluralized world. This course provides the biblical and theological foundations for intercultural ministries and essential skills to prepare the student to participate in God’s mission locally and globally.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Cultural Theology
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Aidan Kwame Ahaligah, Professor of Intercultural Theology

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The Bible is a book of cultural encounters. The course therefore pays special attention to biblical models of intercultural engagement and encounters.

Missionally driven

The focus of the course is to prepare men and women of God whose witness faithfully engages cultures with the Gospel of Jesus Christ wherever they are.

Contextually informed

The course deals with how culture and gospel interact in specific cultural contexts and how to articulate a biblical theology of cultural diversity.

Interculturally focused

Is Theology universal or local? If it is universal, how does it apply to specific social cultural contexts? God’s revelation is discussed in the context of its special and universal applications.

Practically minded

Recognize cultural differences and how they impact the communication of the Christian message and develop the skills for effective intercultural relationships and conflicts.

Experientially transformed

The course equips students to better understand the theological presuppositions of peoples from other cultures and to effectively minister with and to them.