Whitley Lecture 2019 – Wednesday 20th February – “From Theology to Theologies”

Tuesday 5 February, 2019

We invite you to join us at 1.30pm on Wednesday 20th February for the 2019 Whitley Lecture at the South Wales Baptist College.

This year’s lecture will be given by the Revd Joe Kapolyo, recently retired Lead Minister at Edmonton Baptist Church, London. Previously Joe served as Principal of All Nations Christian College; Principal of Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA), Ndola, Zambia; Pastor of Central Baptist Church (Harare, Zimbabwe); Pastor of Ndola Baptist Church (Zambia); and Schools worker with Scripture Union Zambia.

Joe’s publications include The Human Condition, Christian Perspectives through African Eyes in the Global Christian Library series, published by IVP and Matthew in the one-volume African Bible Commentary. Joe is married to Anne and they have two grown up daughters, and two grandchildren.

For this year’s lecture, Joe writes:

It is now an undeniable fact that, demographically speaking, the centre of gravity of Christianity has shifted to the southern continents from its traditional heartlands in Europe and America… We celebrate these facts and rejoice in the Lord that the southern continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America will have the privilege of playing host in significant ways to the Christian faith.

The heart of the argument of this paper concerns the need for African (Asian and Latin American) cultures to yield their deposits of grace in the service of the Gospel and theology. We will argue that the traditional distinction between theology (which should rightly be named as European or Enlightenment theology) and its privileged position over against so called contextualised theologies is not only false but dangerous… But it is also an unnecessary self-imposed limitation in that it resists the development of a theological culture that embraces all of God’s people on earth – the mosaic that represents every tribe, language and nation.

The 2019 Whitley Lecture will be held in the main Lecture Hall at the South Wales Baptist College, 54 Richmond Road, Cardiff. CF24 3UR.

Admission is free – and we very much hope that you will be able to join us for this important lecture.

This post is also available in Cymraeg