Globalization and Theological Education
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Theological Education in an Era of Globalization: Some Critical Issues by Paul Rajashekar
Globalization affects all aspects of our lives, from the products available at the supermarket to the music we hear on the radio. Church is not immune to this, nor should it be. However, Rajashekar points to how theological education has not effectively embraced the gifts of globalization. Instead, the pattern has been to continue to see white male theology as universally applicable and correct, and theology coming from the global South as relevant only in its own context. Rajashekar explores how this power imbalance influences the theology being produced as well as how students of theology are being educated in the all over the world.
Baker's piece addresses the attendees of the Convocation of Lutheran Teaching Theologians directly, which is appropriate for his focus on context. Baker explores the importance of global experiences in theological education and asks professors to think of ways in which different global contexts can impact their students' understanding of theology and even learning styles. On a larger scale, he also urges seminaries to establish effective partnerships that allow students from the United States to study abroad in addition to bringing students here. How can our theology reflect our relationships and our relationships reflect our theology?
Liberating Lutheran Theology: Freedom for Justice and Solidarity with Others in a Global Context by Paul S. Chung, Ulrich Duchrow, and Craig L. Nessanrak
Review by James Childs
© January 2015
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 15, Issue 1