In case you have been living under a rock for the past five decades or just have your head in the sand, I have some news to report. The theological center of biblically Christianity has begun shifting from the West and is now dividing itself into two places: the African and Asia. This means that theological thought is taking a whole new shape contoured by those who are not Anglo-Saxon in descent.
Because of the global nature of the Christian faith, Western believers need to engage resources that demonstrate the manner in which theology is forming in cultures around the world. Sadly, until recent years, most explorations into emerging theologies have been largely liberal in their overall bent. However, this trend is changing. Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective is proof-positive that evangelicals are starting to engage theology with a global community in mind.
The various essays that comprise this volume are all well-written (save for the few that still read like the conference presentations they were adapted from). The introductory essay by Andrew Walls sets the stage for what is to come and is one of the better presentations I have read on the topic of global theology emergence. He demonstrates that a cross-culture approach to theology is deeply rooted in the biblical tradition. Further, he notes that theology is always about answering the questions of everyday life from a biblical vantage point. The other essay of note is Khiok-Khng Yeo’s entry on theology among Chinese believers. the discussion of theological ethics and the way in which these ideas shape Chinese manifestations of Christianity is rather fascinating.
Overall, Global Theology in Evangelical Perspective is a solid addition to the evangelical approach to globalized theology.