Adapted from Virginia Theological Seminary

The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Virginia Theological Seminary’s director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and associate professor of Christian mission, has published From Historical to Critical Post-Colonial Theology: The Contribution of John S. Mbiti and Jesse N.K. Mugambi (Pickwick, 2015).

Heaney’s new book argues for a nuanced reading of theological work from the church in Africa by relating it to more recent trends and demonstrating how it might affect the church’s vision of God, mission, and formation.

Heaney came to Virginia Theological Seminary in 2013. He received a PhD from Dublin’s Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in 2003. In 2010, he accepted a post in Tanzania while researching African and Postcolonial theology for a DPhil degree from the University of Oxford, which he completed in 2013. Heaney also received a master’s of theology in 2006 from the University of Oxford and a BA in theology in 1998 from the London School of Theology. This is his first book.

“This is a timely and unique guide to help generate biblical, theological, and missiological attention on the richness, breadth, depth, and often underappreciated relevance of African theology for the World Church,” said the Rev. Canon Alfred uw’Imana Sebahene of St. John’s University of Tanzania. “For many years to come, this will act as a dynamic resource for theologians and church leaders across the globe who are involved in the contextualization of African theology and its call for transformative and liberative application.”

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