Walking Together:
Christian Thinking and Public Life in South Africa

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*** Available April 2012 ***

Joel Carpenter, editor

ISBN 978-0-89112-315-6

384 ppg

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Scholars from Africa and North America come together to discover what is perhaps South Africa's greatest contribution to social thought, ubuntu--the power of belonging and walking together.

In Walking Together, editor Joel Carpenter presents fresh Christian thinking about public affairs, society, and culture and governance, enlivened by North-South interaction in a dynamic setting--contemporary South Africa. This insightful book features an international team of scholars encountering contemporary South Africa and rethinking how Christians can promote a more just and humane public life.

Chapters include "A Stranger in My Own Country: Alienation and Public Theology" by Godwin Iornenge Akper, "The Political Voice of Churches in Democratic South Africa" by Tracy Kuperus, and "In Search of a Sanctuary: Zimbabwean Migrants in South Africa" by Sophia Chirongoma. Expert contributors include Sarah Shady, Scott Moeschberger, Rhonda Collier, Godwin Iornenge Akper, Sophia Chirongoma, Bernard Boyo, Charles Awasu, Rothney Tshaka, James Nkansah-Obrempong, Paul Brink, Tracy Kuperus, and Stephen W. Martin. These authors offer insight for scholars, South Africa enthusiasts, and those involved in international academic programs and Christian higher education.

Walking Together shows that as Christian scholars of the North awaken to the concerns of their faith's new heartlands to the South, and Christian scholars from the South awaken to their faith's public imperatives, they gain fresh insights from engaging each other in this dynamic nation.



About the Editor

Joel Carpenter is Professor of History and Director of the Nagel Institute for the Study of World Christianity at Calvin College. He was educated at Calvin College and earned his PhD in history at Johns Hopkins University. He has taught history at Calvin College, Trinity International University, and Wheaton College, directed the religion grants program of the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia, and then served as provost at Calvin College until founding the Nagel Institute in 2006. Among his books are the award-winning Revive Us Again: The Reawakening of American Fundamentalism (Oxford, 1997), and more recently The Changing Face of Christianity: Africa, the West, and the World (Oxford, 2005).