Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse is an Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology at Knox College in Toronto (Canada). On Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 2330 GMT, Dr. Acolatse will offer reflections on the topic ‘The Spirit World in Africa and the West: Contextual Theology for the Global Church’. Dr. Susan Robbins, Associate Professor of Humanities and Philosophy at Klaipeda University (Lithuania) and Dr. Obert Hodzi, lecturer at the University of Liverpool (UK), will give responses, and Dr. Peter Schuurman, Executive Director of Global Scholars Canada (Guelph, Ontario), will moderate a conversation with the audience.
Her talk will discuss themes from her latest book, Powers, Principalities, and the Spirit: Biblical Realism in Africa and the West. In short, Dr. Acolatse draws attention to the skepticism about a spiritual realm in the materialist West and contrasts it with the rich and varied tradition of a spiritual world in Africa, seeking to narrow the gap between the two in terms of a Christian theology of the Spirit.