Andrea Ng’weshemi

  • Jerald C. Brauer Chair for Lutheran Studies, Associate Professor of Religion
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    Professor Ng’weshemi joined the faculty at Carthage College in August 2015. A theologian by training, his primary scholarly interests cluster around themes related to global Christianity particularly theologies originating from the global south (Africa, Latin America and Asia), Lutheranism in the global south, postcolonial theology, and Jesus Christ in the understanding of world religions and cultures. He is also concerned with African indigenous religion and the ongoing influence of African cultures and worldviews on sub-Saharan African Christianity. His focus on Africa stems partly from his background, but also because Africa has the fastest Christian growth anywhere in the world, and Lutheran churches are an important part of that.

    In his current research, Prof. Ng’weshemi seeks to reinterpret Lutheran themes and topics using categories of life and concepts from African cultures and worldviews, and in light of Africa’s socio-economic and political realities. The goal is to make Lutheran theology relevant in the African context.

    Prof. Ng’weshemi has presented papers at numerous academic conferences and his scholarly essays have appeared in the Journal of Constructive Theology, Africa Theological Journal, and The Evangelical Review of Theology. His first book, Rediscovering the Human: the Quest for a Christo-theological Anthropology in Africa was published in 2002.

    He is a member of a number of academic associations including the American Academy of Religion, Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians, African Association for the Study of Religion, and Association of Teaching Theologians.

    Prof. Ng’weshemi earned his B.D. from Makumira University College in Tanzania, and his Th.M. and Ph.D. (with distinction) from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

    • Th.M., Ph.D. (with distinction) — Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
    • B.D. — Makumira University College, Tanzania University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    • REL 1000 Understandings of Religion
    • REL 2000 History of Christian Thought
    • REL 2010 Christianities in the Global South
    • REL 2220 Jesus Beyond Christianity
    • REL 3300 Theologies of Liberation
    • REL 200T/400T Religion in Africa