This course covers the major themes which anthropologists research when studying the culture of a people group: world view, their social organization and closely related political organization, their ideology, their technology and economic organization, their language and arts, as well as change processes. Students will also learn and use appropriate research methods. Reading assignments throughout the course will be taken from a wide range of literature, focusing especially on African cultures.
Cross-Cultural Communications draws upon anthropology and other social and behavioural sciences that consider man’s cultural differences. It addresses questions like how culture makes a difference in the way people interact and how we may improve our communicative skills in the “global village” we live in today. This course attempts to help the student discover the answers to the current problems of communicating in a cross-cultural context. More particularly, it seeks to improve communication in missions. This course is designed to help us as Christ’s emissaries to communicate the gospel message more effectively in an environment different from our own familiar culture.
The course looks primarily at the relationship between communication and culture.
It also examines how different people think and express ideas across cultures and subcultures, and how the thought and expression of people affect their behaviour.
The knowledge of African Traditional Religions (A.T.R.) is very vital for an understanding of life and culture, especially, of the African people. This course looks at religion in a wholistic setting. African Traditional Religion permeates the whole life of the traditional African people. An attempt will be made to contextualize Christian faith so that it becomes truly meaningful in the life of African people.
The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for the student to become more cognisant of current practical issues of health and living that are a concern to them, their families, and the communities in which they live. In this course the emphasis will be on the prevention of problems in health and social living. Other current social and ethical issues will also be explored eg. issues of gender and sexuality and others. Qualified professional guest lecturers will be used where appropriate and when available.
This course is a study of modern church history from A.D. 1517 to the present, and African church history. Factors that caused events, and their effects on the history of the church, and their bearing on the present times are discussed. Particular attention is placed on factors that have caused the independent church movement in Africa, the problems and challenges the modern African church is experiencing today, and some possible solutions suggested.
This course is a survey of the Church from the day of Pentecost to the Reformation period. It emphasizes the origin, nature, purpose, organization, doctrine, literature, problems and progress of the church. The developments and progress of the church to A.D. 325 and changes wrought to A.D. 1517 are surveyed. Leading church fathers are studied and the development of major heresies and sects, and the formation of church government, are considered. The social, political, and cultural developments that impact the medieval church are also considered. These form the direction of the church after the Reformation.
This course will examine the theological reflections of various schools, and discuss them theologically and biblically with the aim of comparing and contrasting them. It is also necessary to point out and discuss clearly those systems which are at points contrary to the Biblical faith, and to emphasize all others that are in agreement with evangelical and conservative theology.
New Testament Theology is an in‑depth study of significant themes of the New Testament as they occur more naturally in the Scripture itself. It begins with an examination of the particular emphasis of each NT author, while considering the historical and social context in which they were written. Only then can a blending of the different emphasis upon the same set of truths be considered.
This course assumes a fairly thorough background of Biblical and theological knowledge. In class, we will focus on the first task, namely the consideration of the contributions on the various biblical writers, following a roughly chronological order. Assignments will deal with the second task, namely the summarizing of New Testament teaching as a whole on major themes.
This course will examine the literature of the Old Testament in order to highlight the message and theology which is revealed therein. Key theological themes will be discussed in the light of their historical context and development. The validity of Biblical Theology and its relationship to Systematic and Historical theology will also be analyzed.