Theology Brewed in an African Pot

Theology Brewed in an African Pot



Using a framework of excerpts from Chinua Achebe's acclaimed novel, Things Fall Apart, Orobator introduces the major themes of Christian doctrine: God, Trinity, creation, grace and sin, Jesus Christ, church, Mary, the saints, inculturation, and spirituality. While explaining basic Christian beliefs, Theology Brewed in an African Pot also clarifies the differences between an African view of religion and a more Eurocentric understanding of religion offering a wider perspective on theology and culture.



Publication Date



Orbis Books


Maryknoll, NY


African Studies | Comparative Methodologies and Theories | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


Table of Contents

Chukwuka : talking about God

A "new God" comes to Mbanta (God)

The mad preacher and the three persons in one God (Trinity)

In the beginning there were many stories (creation)

Mama mercy meets Lady Grace (sin and grace)

I said "God had a Son," but I did not say "he had a wife!" (Jesus)

The church looked like the open mouth of the evil forest (church)

Mama Maria, mother of sorrows (Mary)

Our fathers and mothers who art in heaven (communion of saints)

If two hands wash each other, both are clean : the meaning and practice of inculturation

On the other side of heaven : spirituality brewed in an African pot

Questions for reflection and group discussion

Theology Brewed in an African Pot