TCL5240EN - Evaluating Images of Jesus in Non-European Cultures

Course description

Christologies found in non-European cultures will be explored. The student will gain an understanding and appreciation for how the doctrine of Christ has been developed theologically, expressed ecclesiastically, and applied ethically in majority world contexts as Christian leaders respond interreligiously in culturally pluralistic societies.

How this course benefits students

A Biblical Christology is at the core of any missional endeavor. Too often, however, ministers and missionaries have either exported or imported Christologies which may be significantly culturally based in their theological, doxological, and ethical expressions. This course will provide the student with the Biblical, contextual, and cultural awareness and skills to undergird a missional Christology that is both Biblically based and culturally appropriate.

Why this course is important

One’s Christology drives his/her entire missional endeavor. This course will give the student the Biblical, contextual, and cultural skills to evaluate various Christologies and develop one that is both Biblically sound and culturally appropriate.

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 about Christ. Therefore, this course will be Biblical at its core as it will build on the Christological nature of both the Old and New Testaments.

Missionally driven

Christ's command was to go unto the ends of the earth and make disciples of him. This course examines the very foundation of that command and task.

Contextually informed

The course is essentially about how the person and work of Christ is understood, taught, and applied in different global contexts

Interculturally focused

Although Christ is for and above all cultures, he is taught, understood, and received within culture. The course intentionally explores how that takes place.

Practically minded

The course will equip the student to better undrestand how those from other cultures see Christ, especially in the missionary context

Experientially transformed

The student will have the opportunity to examines his/her own understanding of Christ and also interact with students who have different perspectives and experiences.